5 Characteristics of Weak Leaders (and How Not to Be One)

 
Sometimes you learn from positive role models. Often you learn from negative ones. This is one of the reasons I love to read history--you inevitably get both.
 
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After watching Steven Spielberg's movie Lincoln, I decided to review Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I had read this book a few years ago. It is a page-turning account of Abraham Lincoln's presidency and his political genius.

At the beginning of Lincoln's first term, he appointed each of his former Republican rivals--those who had run against him for his party's nomination--to cabinet posts. The narrative demonstrates his amazing ability to tap into a broad array of perspectives and create alignment among those who often disagreed violently with one another.

Unfortunately, Lincoln's leadership was not perfect. He occasionally selected men for public service who were unworthy of his trust. One such individual was General George B. McClellan, commander of the "Army of the Potomac" and, eventually, first general-in-chief of the Union Army.

General McClellan had significant character flaws that I believe serve as warning signs to anyone in leadership. Ultimately, these cost him dearly: He lost Lincoln's confidence, his job, and a run for the White House (against Lincoln). Worse, they prolonged the Civil War and cost the lives of tens of thousands of soldiers on both sides of the conflict.


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