HOW EFFECTIVE WAS ABRAHAM LINCOLN AS A LEADER
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. Cover page
II. Table of Contents
IV. Type of Leader
VI. Challenges and Problems
VII. Who Followed?
VIII. Leadership Traits
X. How effective was he?
Abraham Lincoln was a self-thought Illinois lawyer and also a politician, born in Hodgenville, Kentucky, U.S. on 12th February 1809, who later became the 16th president of the United States. Before he became a politician he was a soldier, he fought in the army and became a captain that led the black hawk war in 1832. After he joined the army he thought himself how to be a lawyer.
Abraham won the election and became the president of the
United States on 4th of March 1861. His success in the election caused some of the southern states to form out of the alliance of the states, not many months after the Civil War started. After the war was done he issued a new law that freed all the slaves in 1863. In April 1865 while he was on the brink of victory, he was shot by the confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth. He was the husband of Mary Todd, and the father of 4 children: Robert Todd, Edward Baker, William Wallace, and Thomas Tad.
Mary Todd, the wife of Abraham Lincoln
A) Type of leader
Abraham Lincoln was a political leader as he was the 16th president of America from March 4, 1861 – April 15, 1865. He led the north/the union in the Civil War, and won. He abolished slavery, and strengthened the national government and modernized the economy. He was a type of leader that doesn’t back down even though the odds were against him. He’s the type of leader that people look up to, he was an exemplary leader. He was ready to take blame for failure, when the cabinet members made mistakes, Lincoln stood up for them (Catherine L. Moreton, 2008). He was ready to go out to the field and manage directly, while during the Civil War, Lincoln established lasting connections with the troops by visiting battle fields and hospitals, which also helped booster morale. After the end of the war Lincoln still focused on bringing the country together as he said in his speech, “With malice toward
none, with charity for all, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
Throughout his life Abraham Lincoln had accomplished many things, such as: 1. He was a self-thought lawyer: Abraham Lincoln thought himself how to be a lawyer, meaning he could tech, being a leader means you also have to know how to teach, to teach other people, you first have to teach yourself, this also means that he is intelligent, which is one of the most important leadership traits.
2. He was the 16th president of the United States: he won the election for the president, meaning that people want him to become their leader, and this can also mean that he is inspiring, which is also one of the 5 most important leadership traits.
3. He was the leader of the north in the Civil War:
He fought as a leader in the Civil War, he proved himself as a good military strategist and also a good leader during the bloodiest war in American history. After the war he made a speech that inspired many the most famous line was “ A house divided against itself cannot stand. I
believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become lawful in all the States, old as well as new — North as well as South.”
C) Challenges and Problems
Throughout his life Abraham Lincoln has faced many challenges, Lincoln’s family was very poor, and he spent almost all of his childhood trying to help his family, his education stopped because he needed to help his family. Being a drop out from school didn’t stop him from trying; he joined the army and became a Captain that fought in the Black Hawk War of 1832. After becoming a captain in the army, he became a self-thought Illinois lawyer. His road to becoming the President wasn’t any easier either. The people from Illinois didn’t like the way that he looked like and the way he talked, he lost all his elections before becoming the President of the United States. When he finally became President many states that supported slaves were not happy that he was against slavery, because of this many states that supported slavery went out of the Union. This was his biggest problem; he has started a war, one of the bloodiest war in history.
D) Who followed?
Abraham Lincoln was followed by many; he was followed by people that were against slavery, because he’s fighting to take away slavery from America, he was followed by Illinois House of Representatives because he was a member. He was also followed by the Democratic Party, because he was the leader at that time.
The logo of the Democratic Party
E) Leadership Traits
Abraham Lincoln was famous by the name of honest Abe, he got the name from an incident in his working life. As a young man, Abraham Lincoln worked as a general store clerk. One evening
he was counting the money in the drawers after closing and found that he was a few cents over what should have been in the drawer. When he realized that he had accidentally shortchanged a customer earlier that day, Lincoln walked a long distance to return the money to the customer. On another occasion Lincoln discovered that he had given a woman too little tea for her money. He put what he owed her in a package and personally delivered it to the woman who never realized that she was not given the proper amount of tea until Lincoln showed up at her doorstep. This shows the trait of honesty, one of the 5 most important leadership traits. Another trait that he has is inspiring, he used speeches and morale boost to inspire his followers and even soldiers, he went to the battle field to give them morale boosts, he has made so many quotes one of them are “ America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we
falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” His words have inspired so many people, he’s speeches was one of the main reason he could win the war.
He was inspiring: As you can see in the picture he
just gave the speech, and the people are cheering
for him, showing how inspiring he was.
In the second picture you can see that he is visiting
soldiers on the field, showing that he cares for his
soldiers, he’s not afraid to go out there himself.
By just looking at these pictures you could see that
he was a great, intelligent, and an inspiring leader,
Abraham Lincoln was one of the most famous
leader in history. He wrote one of the most famous
speeches of all time.
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G) How effective was he?
Abraham Lincoln was the most famous leader in the world, he put a stop to slavery and reunited the United States of America, and he did all this without any corruption. He changed thousands of people’s life; he gave African-American people the freedom of speech. In my opinion Abraham Lincoln was the greatest President in the history of America, he battled all odds to get to where he was, he thought himself to lead and be a lawyer, he never gave up looking for the person that he forgot to give change to, he would not stop until he finally reaches his goal. To answer the question, was he an effective leader? Yes, because he gave America one of the greatest revolution of all time, he gave all his effort until his death.
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