Motivating Men: Lincoln, Grant, Macarthur, and Kennedy

John Y. Simon, Harold Holzer and Dawn Vogel

in Lincoln Revisited

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227365
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240869 | DOI:
Motivating Men: Lincoln, Grant, Macarthur, and Kennedy

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This chapter describes what Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Douglas MacArthur, and John F. Kennedy were, what they did, and how they were perceived. Between them, these four cover almost every variety of leadership: in peace and war, the moral as well as the physical, the highly wrought and the understated, leadership of the word, and leadership of the deed. This chapter discusses just what it was that made the difference: Lincoln, Grant, MacArthur, and Kennedy had all been on campaign. Combat experience and physical courage give an added dimension to leadership; cloak it with an unimpeachable authority. That was the something else: what made the difference in the example of leadership these four provided. For one thing, all were masters of the word. They all had a writer's imagination, that faculty of being completely involved in an intense experience, yet all the while a part of one's consciousness seems to be standing over to one side, looking on.

Keywords: leadership; Abraham Lincoln; Ulysses S. Grant; Douglas MacArthur; John F. Kennedy; combat experience; writer's imagination; courage; authority

Chapter.  4644 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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