An illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership.
Product Code: 6797
ISBN: 9781476795928
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 496
Published Date: 09/18/2018
Availability:In stock
Price: $15.00

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.

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Ambition and The Recognition of Leadership
One: Abraham: “Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition”
Two: Theodore: “I Rose like a rocket
Three: Franklin: “No, Call me Franklin”
Four: Lyndon: “A steam engine in pants”

Adversity and Growth
Five: Abraham Lincoln” “I must die or be better”
Six: Theodore Roosevelt: “The light has gone out of my life”
Seven: Franklin Roosevelt: “Above all, try something”
Eight: Lyndon Johnson: “The most miserable period of my life”

The Leader and The Times: How They Led
Nine: Transformational Leadership: Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation
Ten: Crisis Management: Theodore Roosevelt and the Coal Strike
Eleven: Turnaround Leadership: Franklin Roosevelt and the Hundred Days
Twelve: Visionary Leadership: Lyndon Johnson and the Civil Rights

Epilogue: Of Death and Remembrance
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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

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