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Leadership: In Turbulent Times

Doris Kearns Goodwin

The story of how four presidents rose to meet the challenges of their times.



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The Bottom Line

A presidential scholar inspires the next generation of leaders by scrutinizing the notable qualities of great American leaders of the past — offering moral instruction and practical guidance through the examples of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR and Lyndon Johnson.

I. The Key to Leadership: A Desire to Serve

Though Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson were very different as individuals, they shared a desire to do good for others. Lincoln’s natural empathy drove him to unite people during a time of national disintegration. Teddy Roosevelt was quick to stand up against corruption in an era when corruption ran wild. Franklin Roosevelt, though raised in privilege, was attuned to the needs of the people. Lyndon Johnson sought to alleviate the horrible conditions of children living in slums. Each of these leaders, ultimately, was driven not by personal gain or ambition, but rather a desire to serve the public good.

II. No Single Path to the Top

III. Overcoming Physical and Mental Obstacles

IV. Surviving Emotional Setbacks

V. Power in the Face of Hardship

VI. Lasting Influence

The Takeaway

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