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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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Give Your Employees Everything You Can

Abraham-Lincoln-Statue-in-Lincoln-Memorial-Washington-D-C-PostersIF YOU PROVIDE WELL FOR PEOPLE, THEY CAN GIVE YOU THEIR BEST EFFORTS.

This was the situation in August 1864:  Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee were embroiled in a bloody war of attrition in Northern Virginia, General William Tecumseh Sherman was in a stalemate outside of Atlanta, and Democrats were hammering away at a message that the war had become about slavery and that there was no end in sight – openly advocating settling with the Confederacy.

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Move in Step with Your People to Succeed

29ba9fbc82d42e18e93e19c21d218634“WITH PUBLIC SENTIMENT, NOTHING CAN FAIL.  WITHOUT IT, NOTHING CAN SUCCEED.” – ABRAHAM LINCOLN

If Lincoln felt that he could get people to see things his way, he would move forward; but he was never so far ahead of the people that he would try to push them if they were not ready for the next step.

In 1860, Lincoln promised to contain, not end, slavery to get elected, as the majority of Americans were already weary from 40 years of national compromises on the subject.

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