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Leadership Mentoring


Leadership using the values of the 16th and 32nd Presidents of the United States.

Leadership using the values of the 16th and 32nd Presidents of the United States.

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  • 1. Leadership Mentoring:Pulling It All Together Using The Examples of Lincoln and Roosevelt
    Steve Miles
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    Pulling It All Together: The Keys To Dynamic Leadership
    I focus on nine key attributes as to what constituted effective leadership. Regardless of one’s career goals, it is vital that each one of us demonstrate dynamic leadership in pursuit of producing excellence work. The attributes I focus on, and reinforce on a daily basis are as follows:
    Individual Consideration
    Intellectual Stimulation
    Respect for Others
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    Pulling It All Together: The Keys To Dynamic Leadership (2)
    In identifying these nine attributes or characteristics, it is important to note that there are keys that “unlock” the opportunity to demonstrate dynamic leadership. By using the examples of two great Presidents, Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt, this presentation is designed to pull together what is meant by “dynamic leadership”
    The Courage to Stay Strong
    Self Confidence
    An Ability to Learn from Errors
    A Willingness to Change
    Emotional Intelligence
    Self Control
    A Popular Touch
    A Moral Compass
    Having a Capacity to Relax
    The Gift for Inspiring Others
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    Abraham Lincoln b. February 12, 1809 d. April 15, 1865
    Lincoln was born in Hardin County, Kentucky of “undistinguished parents.” He made extraordinary efforts to attain knowledge while working on his parent’s farm. He rose to the rank of captain in the Black Hawk War, spent eight years in the Illinois legislature. He was a partner in a law firm, it was said of him, “His ambition was a little engine that knew no rest”
    As President, Lincoln built the Republican Party into a strong national organization.
    On January 1, 1863 he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that declared forever free those slaves within the Confederacy
    Lincoln won re-election in 1864, as military triumphs heralded an end to the civil war
    Dynamic Role Models In Leadership
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    Leadership Mentoring
    Franklin D. Roosevelt b. January 30, 1882 d. April 12, 1945
    FDR was born in New York to wealthy parents. He attended Harvard and Columbia Law School. He won election to the New York Sensate in 1910. He was also the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 1920. In the summer of 1921, aged 39, he was stricken with polio. Demonstrating great courage he fought to regain the use of his legs
    Roosevelt became President in 1932, the first of four terms. He stated in his inaugural address, “The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” The Great Depression was at its worse the following year, 1933
    During his second term he introduced the “Good Neighbor Policy” for the U.S.A. when, in 1940 France fell and Britain came under siege he began to send all possible aid, short of military involvement
    Following the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 FDR directed the Nation’s manpower and resources for global war
    Dynamic Role Models In Leadership (2)
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    The ability to withstand adversity and motivate one’s self in the face of frustration
    Lincoln showed a clear determination to rise above the poverty he was born into
    Roosevelt grew up with wealth and privilege, then at the age of 39 was struck down with polio, leaving him crippled. He emerged from the ordeal with greater powers of concentration. The experience gave him the ability to put himself in the shoes of others
    The Courage To Stay Strong
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    Good leadership requires you to surround yourself with people of diverse perspectives, who can disagree with you without fear of retaliation
    Lincoln placed his three top rivals for the Republican nomination in crucial positions in his Cabinet, providing him with a wide range of advice and opinions
    Roosevelt created a coalition Cabinet on the eve of war, bringing some of his most out-spoken critics into key positions. For the Army chief of staff position he selected George Marshall, because the straight talking general was the only one to disagree with him in a meeting
    Self Confidence
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    To lead successfully, you must be willing to acknowledge and learn from your mistakes
    After the rout of Union forces at Bull Run, Lincoln stayed up all night writing a memo on military policy that incorporated the painful lessons learned
    Roosevelt concluded that a New Deal program was not working, he created a new one in its place, built upon an understanding of what had gone wrong
    An Ability To Learn From Errors
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    Conditions change, and leaders must respond
    When war came Roosevelt made his peace with the industrialists whose hatred he had endured during the setting up of the New Deal. He relaxed anti-trust regulations, guaranteed profits, and brought in top business executives to run his production agencies. He was aware that only with their commitment could the USA build the equipment needed for the war effort
    A Willingness to Change
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    A leader must encourage their people to give their best all of the time
    Lincoln shared the credit for his successes and shouldered public blame for the failures of his team. He always took 100% responsibility for his actions, and the actions of his team
    Roosevelt had the remarkable ability to transmit strength to others, which often made people feel more determined to do their jobs well
    Emotional Intelligence
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    Great leaders manage their emotions and remain calm in the midst of trouble and turmoil
    When angry with a colleague, Lincoln liked to write the person a “hot letter,” giving his emotions free rein. Then he would cast the letter aside, knowing he would calm down and never send it. When at times, he did loose his temper, he would invariably follow up with a kind gesture, “If I was cross, I ask your pardon,” he wrote to one of his generals, who was on the receiving end of his temper on an occasion. Lincoln’s philosophy was, if he did get up a temper, he did not have sufficient time to keep it up
    On the Sunday when Pearl Harbor was attacked, Eleanor Roosevelt was struck by here husband’s “deadly calm”. While panic arose in his Cabinet, Roosevelt remained at his desk, absorbing the information, deciding how to respond and what to do next
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    The best leaders have an almost intuitive sense of their team’s mood and energy levels that tells them when to wait and when to lead
    Lincoln once said that if he had issued the Emancipation Proclamation six months earlier, “public sentiment, would not have sustained it.” By following a gradual shift in newspapers, by opening his office to conversations with the public, by meeting with troops in the field, he rightly concluded that by early 1863, the opposition was no longer, “strong enough to defeat the purpose.”
    Roosevelt was said to possess an uncanny awareness of the hopes and fears of his countrymen and to know precisely when to move forward, when to hold back, and when to deliver one of his fireside chats
    A Popular Touch
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    Only strong leaders have the courage and integrity to follow their convictions when there is risk in making a particular decision
    In mid-1864 Republicans warned Lincoln that unless he renounced emancipation as a condition, the Confederates would never agree to peace talks. This would have destroyed his chance of re-election. Lincoln responded to his party’s leaders, saying, “I should be damned in time and in eternity, if I chose to conciliate the South over the slaves to whom I pledged freedom.”
    Roosevelt chose in 1940 to supply England with what little America had in the way of weapons. In doing so, he drew wrath of many leading voices of the day. Even his own generals warned him that he risked American security. FDR was told that if England fell, Germany would use their own weapons against them. FDR believed that England’s survival was critical to the U.S.A.
    A Moral Compass
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    Effective leaders must understand the importance of work – life balance, not only for their people, but also for themselves
    Lincoln possessed a life-affirming sense of humor, together with an almost legendary ability to tell long, winding tales. He laughed, he explained, so he did not have to weep
    Roosevelt held a White House cocktail hour every evening. The cardinal rule was nothing was to be said of politics or the war effort. He encouraged guests to chat, tell funny stories, and reminisce so that everyone could enjoy a few precious hours away from the pressures of the day
    Having a Capacity to Relax
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    Two of the key qualities of an effective leader is the ability to communicate goals to their team and, demonstrate positive charisma
    Both Lincoln and Roosevelt conveyed their convictions with stories and metaphors. Both used their passion for the arts to weave examples of what they needed their people to achieve, to bring about success
    When Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address, the North was on the verge of winning the Civil War. Yet he avoided a triumphal message, knowing his next challenge was to reunite the country, declaring, “with malice toward none, with charity for all… to bind up the nation’s wounds”
    At Roosevelt’s first inaugural address, delivered at the height of the Great Depression, he conveyed a clear understanding of the difficulties the nation faced and projected such serene confidence in the fundamental strength of his country that he renewed the hope of millions
    The Gift of Inspiring Others
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    A Closing Thought
    “If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors to live the life which they have imagined, they will meet with a success unexpectedly in uncommon hours"
    -- Henry David Thoreau