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Lincoln Principles

By Shannon O'Dell / Posted on 29 June 2013

10 Leadership Principles of President Abraham Lincoln

On power: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a men’s character, give him power.”

On principles: “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.”

On preparation: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

On taking action: “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

On courage: “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.”

On kindness: “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.”

On change: “As our case is new, we must think and act anew.”

On commitment: “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.”

On assumptions: “If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will.”

On empowerment: “You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.”



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