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John Y. Simon, Harold Holzer, and Dawn Vogel

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227365

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823227365.001.0001

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Motivating Men: Lincoln, Grant, Macarthur, and Kennedy

Motivating Men: Lincoln, Grant, Macarthur, and Kennedy

(p.181) CHAPTER 11 Motivating Men: Lincoln, Grant, Macarthur, and Kennedy
Lincoln Revisited

John Y. Simon

Harold Holzer

Dawn Vogel

Fordham University Press

This chapter describes what Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Douglas MacArthur, and John F. Kennedy were, what they did, and how they were perceived. Between them, these four cover almost every variety of leadership: in peace and war, the moral as well as the physical, the highly wrought and the understated, leadership of the word, and leadership of the deed. This chapter discusses just what it was that made the difference: Lincoln, Grant, MacArthur, and Kennedy had all been on campaign. Combat experience and physical courage give an added dimension to leadership; cloak it with an unimpeachable authority. That was the something else: what made the difference in the example of leadership these four provided. For one thing, all were masters of the word. They all had a writer's imagination, that faculty of being completely involved in an intense experience, yet all the while a part of one's consciousness seems to be standing over to one side, looking on.

Keywords:   leadership, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Douglas MacArthur, John F. Kennedy, combat experience, writer's imagination, courage, authority

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