Today would have been the birthday of one of history’s finest leaders, Abraham Lincoln.
Abe was an innovator, ahead of his time. I love his words from his annual address to congress in 1862 …
“Still the question recurs, ‘Can we do better?’ The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.”
As a leader, Lincoln understood the importance of innovative thinking. He was not only willing to change with the times, he encouraged those around him to embrace change as well.
When was the last time you tried something new in your leadership environment?
Too often leaders become complacent with the status quo and thus stop taking territory. Taking territory, by nature, requires change. Change involves risk, and risk feels dangerous. But I would argue it is more risky to resist change than it is to embrace it.
A friend of mine is notorious for trying new things. He has told me before that he wants, “At least he tried,” on his tombstone. I like this guy. He challenges me to stretch, think, and pursue.
I hope you have a dangerous streak in you. All leaders need one.
Lincoln’s words still ring true.“The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion.”
So rise. Think. Try. Believe. And rally those around you.
Like me, you ‘can do better,’ but only if you are willing to “think and act anew.”
Leadership Begins at Home,
What is your favorite thing about Lincoln?
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