Leadership History

Inspiration from history

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Lincoln 1 -The Self Made Man

The Stanford Commencement speech is given each year in June. In recent years the University football stadium, ‘Home of the Champions’, serves as the location for the graduating class who come to sit upon fold-out chairs on the grass of the pitch. Their parents sit behind them on the bleachers of the stadium…


Lincoln 2-The River

In March, the Sangamon River flows a cold and circuitous route of 246 miles through birch lined banks dusted with frosted silver between Peoria and Springfield Illinois.


Lincoln 3-Principled Leadership

For those of us who aspire to be leaders or possess an interest in leadership in its own right, it is worth our while to draw both inspiration and a better understanding of the nature of leadership as Lincoln came to define it through his life – before and during his presidency...


Lincoln 4-Worthy of their esteem

On March 29, 1832 the Springfield Journal reported: “On Saturday last the citizens of this place [Springfield] were gratified by the arrival of the steamer Talisman… The safe arrival of a boat of the size of the Talisman on a river never before navigated by steam had created much solicitude, and the shores…


Lincoln 5-Ugly as a Scarcrow

In 1831 the 22 year old Lincoln stood at the stern of his flatboat. At 6’5’’ he towered over his two companions John D. Johnston, and John Hanks who kept busy hands working to secure the valuable cargo and darting eyes on the lookout for oncoming obstacles that might sink their ambitious journey…


Lincoln 6 -Hardship and Resiliance

Let’s imagine for a moment that a mysterious illness were to sweep into your town or neighbourhood. Not the kind that would just require you to stay home for a few days rewatching a DVD boxset of the Sopranos before returning to health. But a far more sinister kind of ailment that would…