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In This Culmination Of Five Decades Of Acclaimed Studies In Presidential History, Doris Kearns Goodwin Offers An Illuminating Exploration Of The Origin, Uncertain Growth, And Finally, The Exercise Of Fully Developed LeadershipAre Leaders Born Or Made Where Does Ambition Come From How Does Adversity Affect The Growth Of Leadership Does The Man Make The Times Or Does The Times Make The Man In Leadership Goodwin Draws Upon Four Of The Presidents She Has Studied Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D Roosevelt And Lyndon B Johnson To Show How They First Recognized Leadership Qualities Within Themselves, And Were Recognized As Leaders By Others By Looking Back To Their First Entry Into Public Life, When Their Paths Were Filled With Confusion, Hope, And Fear, We Can Share Their Struggles And Follow Their Development Into Leaders Leadership Tells The Story Of How They All Collided With Dramatic Reversals That Disrupted Their Lives And Threatened To Forever Shatter 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, They Shared A Fierce Ambition, A Hunger To Succeed Beyond Expectations All Four, At Their Best, Were Guided By A Sense Of Moral Purpose That Led Them At Moments Of Great Challenge To Summon Their Talents To Enlarge The Opportunities And Lives Of OthersThis Seminal Work Provides A Roadmap For Aspiring And Established Leaders In Today S Polarized World, These Stories Of Authentic Leadership In Time Of Surpassing Fracture And Fear Take On A Singular UrgencyPreviously Published As Leadership Lessons From The Presidents For Turbulent Times

6 thoughts on “Leadership in Turbulent Times: Lessons from the Presidents

  1. says:

    Great book, highly recommendable

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    To the previous reviewer You obviously have not read the book It has only been available for a few hours If You at least read her introduction you would know exactly why she chose these four It s because she has been studying these men for thirtyyears, and has added facts about their early life that may have influenced their leadership AT LEAST READ THE INTRO

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    The best way to study leadership is to study leaders How they exercised influence in their contexts provides examples of how we can do so in ours For this reason, it is paramount for leaders to be well versed in biography and history, the knowledge of people and their times.Doris Kearns Goodwin s Leadership in Turbulent Times provides case studies of the leadership of four U.S presidents at critical junctures in their administrations Abraham Lincoln exemplifies transformational leadership as he expanded the North s war aims from union to emancipation through the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation Theodore Roosevelt provides a model of crisis management by how he brought labor and management to the table during the Great Coal Strike of 1902 Exuding optimism and executing a plan to respond to the Great Depression in his first 100 days, Franklin Delano Roosevelt offers a master class in turnaround leadership And Lyndon Johnson demonstrates visionary leadership by using all the forces at his disposal including persuasion and hardball politics to pass the Civil Rights Act 1964 and Voting Rights Act 1965 , fundamentally altering the legal terms under which whites and blacks related to one another.Goodwin presents these case studies in Part III of her book, The Leader and the Times How They Led Of each president s White House years, she writes There, at their formidable best, when guided by a sense of moral purpose, they were able to channel their ambitions and summon their talents to enlarge the opportunities and lives of others But those ambitions and talents didn t emerge de novo or ex nihilo The four presidents were influenced by circumstances just as much as they in turn influenced them Part I, Ambition and the Recognition of Leadership, narrates the burgeoning sense of possibility each president experienced in his 20s especially, along with the recognition by their peers that they were destined for greater things Part II, Adversity and Growth, shows how each one faced a test or series of tests that forced them to ask deeper questions of their life s meaning questions that, once answered, steeled their commitment to lead Finally, an Epilogue examines how each man reflected on his enduring reputation, a fame that would last beyond both his administration and his death How would they be remembered by posterity As with Goodwin s previous works on these four presidents, Leadership in Turbulent Times is a gripping read, combining biographical detail and historical context It is the addition of shrewd insights about leadership throughout the book that marks a departure from her earlier biographies Those insights are well grounded and explicit.One of the great dangers of drawing lessons from biography or history is that such lessons smooth over differences, whether among the subjects of biographical inquiry, or between their times and our own Doris Kearns Goodwin is well aware of this danger and largely avoids it The leadership principles she draws organically arise from the events she narrates Here s how she explains the matter in the book s Foreword These four extended examples show how their leadership fit the historical moment as a key fits a lock No key is exactly the same each has a different line of ridges and notches along its blade While there is neither a master key to leadership nor a common lock of historical circumstance, we can detect a certain family resemblance of leadership traits as we trace the alignment of leadership capacity within its historical context That family resemblance of leadership traits, the book s explicit lesson, is what leaders will most appreciate about Leadership in Turbulent Times Its implicit lesson is that leaders must know themselves and their own times if they want to change them Leadership never occurs in a vacuum where principles can be applied automatically Rather, it requires wisdom Like the biblical men of Issachar, leaders understand the times and know just what to do 1 Chronicles 12 32.

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    Doris Kearns Goodwin is a great historian and a terrific writer As in her biographies, this one is well researched, logically organized, and converted into splendid prose It is undoubtedly true that a few of the quotes appear both here and in the individual biographies, but they are used in a very different context I don t accept, therefore, the charge of redundancy.Biography is not a prescription for leadership, however, no matter whose life is chronicled In this book Goodwin has clearly stepped out of her boat and, on balance, done a remarkable job In terms of effort and taking a risk I d give her a 6 She offers far insight than, I must admit, I thought a biographer, even the best in the business, might In that respect, I think, this will go down as one of the great achievements of her career.In the end, however, I m not sure Kearns quite cracks the nut of leadership Each of the four men profiled were great leaders but I m still not sure what the core elements of leadership are She defines that core for each of them, but they, by her own portrayal, were all very different men with very different life experiences While defining their leadership skills after the fact is meaningful, it s not particularly predictive unless common elements can be established And while she insightfully chronicles the core leadership qualities of each, I never quite felt like she provided a blueprint.She s not alone, however As a former CEO and current executive coach I have diligently studied leadership over a span exceeding four decades My thesis before reading this book was that the qualities of leadership could only be isolated after the fact and that the variables articulated could not be applied pro actively Every leader, in other words, is different, and leadership is an unpredictable confluence of individual qualities and external events.Goodwin has not changed that assessment hence the 4 I m reviewing the book, not the author but she nonetheless made a valiant effort and did, in fact, move me a few baby steps off the position I previously held For that reason I believe this is a very worthy book but caution readers who believe they are going to find a prescription for leaders that they can apply in their own lives To be clear, however, I would say the same thing about any book on leadership, including those written by the most popular gurus of the topic, virtually all of which I have read.What struck me most about the author s characterization is how much each of these undeniably great leaders looks, at their core, a lot like you and me More ambition, for sure In a couple of cases, raw brainpower None, however, were gods Each struggled with the adversity that each of us faces, no matter the station we are born into Each faced undeniable failure and humiliation Each struggled to find their rhythm of leadership.And that, I believe, is one of the secrets to this author s greatness She finds the humanity in all of us, whether you are Abraham Lincoln or John Smith She understands people and that is not a universal trait among those who excel at prose.I, to be frank, found the humanity of these four great leaders very uplifting and reassuring In an age in which the world around us seems to be screaming that you are wrong , it gave me some desperately needed hope So, if you could use a dash of hope, and who can t, I strongly recommend you read this book Thanks to Ms Goodwin for sharing it.

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    This book is original in that it focuses on the leadership aspects of each president while also comparing their similarities and differences verses just telling each of their stories individually The key take away is that leadership is something you grow into not born with, ech of these role models grew into their leadership roles through adversity and with intestinal fortitude The guy who gave 2 5 stars is kinda lazy he obviously hasn t read the book, because it is explicitly explained why she chose LBJ

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    I am not one who writes book reviews in fact, this is my first one I finished the book last night and I am still thinking about it It is exquisitely written The lessons in leadership are very interesting, but it was the last chapter that really brought it all together and made me feel that the author has really lived and breathed her research for a good portion of her life Beautifully done