Thinkin’ Like Lincoln

February 12, 2020

What is your leadership mindset?

What attitudes, beliefs, and expectations do you hold that act as the foundation of who you are, how you lead, and the ways in which you interact with your team?

Ages ago, when I was in school, we celebrated presidential birthdays separately…February 12 for Abraham Lincoln and February 22 for George Washington.

Today, Lincoln’s birthday, is a great day to look at some of his wisdom. Where does his mindset align with yours?

“The best way to predict your future is to create it.”

When you see yourself as the master of your fate and the captain of your own destiny, you are much more likely to get the results you are aiming for.

Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”

Clarity about what you believe and commitment to living by that belief are critical components to leadership success. It might take some time to figure out where you stand, but once you know, stand firm.

We can succeed only by concert. It is not, ‘Can any of us imagine better,’ but, ‘Can we all do better?’

Successful leaders understand that they are never acting alone. Being able to engage others in the cause and in pursuit of the goal moves everyone closer to success.

“The only difference between stepping stones and stumbling blocks is the way we address the rocks cast into our path.”

How do you handle the barriers you encounter on the way to your goal? Good leaders help their team to turn adversity into opportunity. Find the way over, under, around or through the stumbling blocks you encounter along the way.

 “Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most.”

Setting priorities and keeping the big picture in mind is something that sets successful leaders – and successful businesses – apart from those that are just “good enough.” Are you willing to wait for what is most important to you and your business?

 

Lincoln faced leadership challenges greater than most of us can even imagine. His mindset in addressing those challenges was a key factor in his success.

 

I’m challenging myself to do more thinking like Lincoln to improve my leadership mindset. How about you?

 

Go forth and do great things,

Martha & Chris