Leadership: In Turbulent Times
culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential
history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an
illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise
Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition
come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the
leader make the times or do the times make the leader?
Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most
closely-Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and
Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)-to show how they recognized
leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as leaders by
others. By looking back to their first entries into public life, we
encounter them at a time when their paths were filled with confusion,
fear, and hope.
Leadership tells the story of how they all
collided with dramatic reversals that disrupted their lives and
threatened to shatter forever their ambitions. Nonetheless, they all
emerged fitted to confront the contours and dilemmas of their times.
No common pattern describes the trajectory of leadership. Although set
apart in background, abilities, and temperament, these men shared a
fierce ambition and a deep-seated resilience that enabled them to
surmount uncommon hardships. At their best, all four were guided by a
sense of moral purpose. At moments of great challenge, they were able to
summon their talents to enlarge the opportunities and lives of others.
This seminal work provides an accessible and essential road map for
aspiring and established leaders in every field. In today’s polarized
world, these stories of authentic leadership in times of apprehension
and fracture take on a singular urgency.
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