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Knowing Yourself before Hiring Completes Your Leadership

hers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal_ Abraham LincolnBRING IN THE TALENTS OF OTHERS TO MAKE UP FOR YOUR DEFICIENCIES.

Considering that the country was going to tear itself apart before he even stepped into the White House, Abraham Lincoln probably felt that it wouldn’t be possible to overcompensate in his hiring of others.

At the age of 23, Abraham Lincoln had spent a month in the Black Hawk War, a small, brief, localized event in the upper Midwest.

Based on his previous, rather limited military experience, he needed a really good war secretary, and eventually he found one in Edwin Stanton.

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Hiring Ambitious People Makes You Successful

civil-war-lincoln-pinkertonAbraham Lincoln hired some of the most ambitious and prominent people he could find for cabinet positions and advisors.

Although that might seem like Lincoln was inviting a group of back-stabbers into his own office to help him run things, he had a different thought.

He didn’t fear the daggers these men might aim at his back, but he did fear a party and a country splintering apart without the advice and support of successful statesmen at his side who represented a variety of factions and regional sections of the North.

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Don’t Hang On to Bad Employees Too Long


Abraham Lincoln kept the non-aggressive General George McClellan far too long before firing him.  Here is just a sampling of people who thought this was the case:

The Harvard Business Review article by Robert B. Kaiser and Robert E. Kaplan skewered Lincoln and other people-oriented leaders like him for being too slow to act on the wrong employees: Read the rest of this entry »


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