Resilient Leaders Shine Despite Adversity

Marcia Hughes
©ATD2016, published May 2016

abelincolnPresident Abraham Lincoln remains a model of transformative leadership more than 150 years after he served as the 16th president of the United States. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—a great constitutional and political crisis. Throughout his presidency, he was focused on his vision of maintaining the unity of the nation with unwavering passion, yet was able to exert high flexibility and impulse control in the strategies he employed.

He took time to listen well, seek out and consider diverse feedback, and was
willing to shift his strategies. No one had time during the Civil War to talk about change management, yet that was the order of the day. Lincoln is one of our best resilience teachers.

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