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The Planks of Leadership- Abraham Lincoln
Transcript of The Planks of Leadership- Abraham Lincoln
Plank One- A leader has a sense of vision. They can solve the puzzle because they have the ability to see the situation in its entirety. Plank Two- A leader is willing to act. They take charge and make things happen. Plank Three- A leader makes good decisions. They are knowledgeable about the issues and people involved, they prioritize, and they assess risks. Plank Four- A leader can handle conflict. They utilize crisis management to avoid communication breakdowns. Plank Five- A leader works to avoid pitfalls. They are not afraid to fail, they pay attention to details, and they do not forget people or the original objective. Plank Six- A leader knows how to motivate. They must inspire others to action, in order to be successful. Was always a member of the Whig party, which envisioned economic expansion through imrpoving roads and increasing trade. Used office in the House of Representatives to speak out against the Mexican-American War, which he deeply resented. Held more moderate view on slavery than most of his colleagues. Wanted to keep America together, despite the overwhelming amount of people that wanted secession. Lincoln didn't take the easy way by trying to make everyone happy, but did the right thing by abolishing slavery. Was willing to fight, sending 75,000 troops to fight after Fort Sumter was fired upon. Although he lacked war experience, he took an active role in determining war strategy. Defeated the Confederacy, as he promised to do to everyone, even if it was the last thing he did. Abe knew that he was losing popularity as the war went on, but he decided that he wouldn't stop until the war was over. Issued the Emancipation Proclomation, making the call to free all slaves. Gave the famous Gettysburg Adress Speech, to show the Union his dedication Made Ulysses Grant his general, as he was a clear choice, and better than the former general, McClellan. Did not back down after southern states seceded, but kept calm. Even though he disliked his General, General McClellan, he kept many people happy by keeping the General in command. Stated that even if he lost the 1864 election, he would stay in power until the war was over. Made sure that the Reconstruction process was as smooth as possible, and issued the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments in that time. Even though he lost his bid to be a senator to his rival, he was steadfast and went on to win the US Presidency in 1860. Paid attention to detail during the war to make sure that all unnecessary losses were eliminated. Worked to redefine Republican values, as they had taken quite a serious hit. Worked to make sure that the issue of state's rights was solved, after much dispute. Gave several big speeches, including his famous Gettysburg Adress to motivate people to stay in the war. Motivated people into Reconstruction through his Second Inaugural Adress Created jobs and motivated others by appointing the creation of roads and bridges. Ensured America that he would do his job to the best of his ability, and would not fail, during his First Inaugural Adess. Abraham Lincoln