Leadership in turbulent times
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"After five decades of magisterial output, Doris Kearns Goodwin leads the league of presidential historians. Insight is her imprint."-- USA TODAY
"A book like Leadership should help us raise our expectations of our national leaders, our country and ourselves."-- The Washington Post
"We can only hope that a few of Goodwin's many readers will find in her subjects' examples a margin of inspiration and a resolve to steer the country to a better place."-- The New York Times Book Review
In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership.
Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader?
In Leadership , Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely--Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)--to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as leaders by others. By looking back to their first entries into public life, we encounter them at a time when their paths were filled with confusion, fear, and hope.
Leadership tells the story of how they all collided with dramatic reversals that disrupted their lives and threatened to shatter forever their ambitions. Nonetheless, they all emerged fitted to confront the contours and dilemmas of their times.
No common pattern describes the trajectory of leadership. Although set apart in background, abilities, and temperament, these men shared a fierce ambition and a deep-seated resilience that enabled them to surmount uncommon hardships. At their best, all four were guided by a sense of moral purpose. At moments of great challenge, they were able to summon their talents to enlarge the opportunities and lives of others.
This seminal work provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field. In today's polarized world, these stories of authentic leadership in times of apprehension and fracture take on a singular urgency.
ContentsPart 1. Ambition and the recognition of leadership
Abraham: "Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition"
Theodore: "I rose like a rocket"
Franklin: "No, call me Franklin"
Lyndon: "A steam engine in pants"
Part 2. Adversity and growth
Abraham Lincoln: "I must die or be better"
Theodore Roosevelt: "The light has gone out of my life"
Franklin Roosevelt: "Above all, try something"
Lyndon Johnson: "The most miserable period of my life"
Part 3. How they led: man and the times
Transformational leadership: Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation
Crisis management: Theodore Roosevelt and the Coal Strike
Turnaround leadership: Franklin Roosevelt and the Hundred Days
Visionary leadership: Lyndon Johnson and Civil Rights
Epilogue: Of death and legacy.
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Roosevelt, Theodore, -- 1858-1919.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. -- (Franklin Delano), -- 1882-1945.
Johnson, Lyndon B. -- (Lyndon Baines), -- 1908-1973.
Presidents -- United States.
Political leadership -- United States -- Case studies.
Character -- Case studies.
Crisis management -- United States -- Case studies.
Political culture -- United States -- History.
United States -- Politics and government -- Case studies.
|Publisher|| [Place of publication not identified] :Simon & Schuster2018.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.