What characteristics make up leadership?
Are you born with these traits, or can you develop them?
How early in life do you know you were meant to be a leader, and how do you position yourself, throughout your career, to express and expand on this calling?
And what role does adversity play in either derailing or energizing and propelling you forward?
These are just a few of the crucial questions that Doris Kearns Goodwin answers in her new book: Leadership In Turbulent Times.
If you enjoy reading about and learning from history, then you’ll love this new book. I highly recommend it. From the back cover:
“In Leadership, presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin provides an essential and accessible roadmap for aspiring and established leaders in every field and for all of us in our everyday lives.
“Applying five decades of study, profound insights and masterful storytelling, Goodwin demonstrates how four exceptional leaders—U.S. presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson—overcame adversity and transcended personal ambition to enlarge the lives of others. In today’s polarized world, these stories of authentic leadership guided by moral purpose, collaboration, compromise, and civility take on a singular urgency.”
Masterful storytelling indeed! Goodwin is a terrific writer, and I was entranced by the stories she tells of these truly great men and their trying times, and I was especially moved by their, “authentic leadership” and their ability to work for the greater good.
These lessons apply to the business world as well—especially if you’re facing major changes in your company or in your life. And who isn’t?
Also, if you’re currently a manager, director or V.P.—or if you’re a rep who aspires to be in a leadership position, then I highly recommend picking this wonderful book and learning from the lives of these truly special leaders.
Leadership In Turbulent Times is a great read!
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