Lessons to learn from Abraham Lincoln, an extraordinary leader

Lessons to learn from Abraham Lincoln an extraordinary leader

Lessons to learn from Abraham Lincoln, an extraordinary leader

Lessons to learn from an exceptional leader Abraham Lincoln. Perhaps noted as one of the greatest presidents of the United States of all time, the early life of Abraham Lincoln may not have reflected his prospective grandeur. In business, he failed. He lost the state legislature election, House Speaker, Congress nomination, land officer appointment, U.S. Senate twice and Vice President appointment. Lincoln was appointed president of the United States  after these eight significant failures. How many of us would have kept going like Lincoln did?

Compared to what occurred in the late 1850s and mid-1860s, many of the issues we think of today are pale. Lincoln dealt with eleven southern states and had seceded from the union. Eleven states formed the Confederate States of America during his presidency.


Americans may believe our nation today has divisions. During the Civil War period, there was a huge division. On both sides of the war, Americans literally died: North and South.

Lincoln confronted several main difficulties as the U.S. President:

  1. During the American Civil War,

which lasted four years, Lincoln was president. About five weeks after the inauguration of Lincoln as the 16th president of the United States, the American Civil War began. When the nation literally fell apart, Lincoln was president.


There may be a division between families. Unfortunately, some members of the family may go years without speaking to each other. Is there really such horrible issues within families compared to the disturbances during the Civil War? The conflict split some families so much that one child might have fought for the North while another child of the same family was fighting for the South.

  1. During the Lincoln administration,

the most American casualties occurred. 600,000 to 700,000 Americans died in the Civil War. The deaths of the American Civil War exceed the losses of the United States from the American Revolution to the present in all its other wars.


Do any of us believe we have such a huge responsibility? During his term as president, Lincoln had an insurmountable obligation to have the most American deaths. During Lincoln’s presidency, more Americans died of war than all the other American presidents combined.

  1. Lincoln suffered from Depression.

Lincoln, who lived in the nineteenth century, had no access to antidepressants such as Prozac, nor could he go to a drug shop to buy St. John’s Wort over the counter.


Never had Lincoln the luxury of accessing contemporary medicines. The task of Lincoln was to cope with a war-divided nation. Sometimes your issues may seem as monumental as the struggles of Lincoln, primarily because you are the one that is presently experiencing a specific issue. We all have issues that are prevalent and distinctive. can you imagine If you were not so fortunate and had restricted access to medicines like Lincoln?

  1. The North, the Union,

defeated the South, the Confederacy. The South surrendered to the North on April 9th, 1865. Lincoln was assassinated five days after the Civil war ended and died the morning after he was shot.

Do you think you feel unappreciated by the work you’ve done? Lincoln united his country as president, issued the Proclamation of Emancipation to end slavery, inspired countless individuals while suffering from depression, was one of our nation’s most kind and good-hearted presidents ever, and what was the thanks that he got? He’s been murdered.

Lincoln has been a leader many times. He held America together so that we could still be called “The United States of America.” Lincoln said in his second inaugural address that he wished “malice to none” and that he wanted “to bind the wounds of the nation.” Unfortunately, Lincoln never saw any of his attempts and outcomes being implemented. The U.S. owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Lincoln.


Like Lincoln, each of us overcame issues and in our own manner attained greatness. You may not remember some of the challenges you overcame, like learning to walk or speak. You have overcome difficulties that you likely remember very well, such as completing a project, winning a race, getting a degree or setting up a career. Like Abraham Lincoln, each of you has a capacity for greatness. It is up to you to discover the greatness within yourself.


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