Lessons from Lincoln: 1

Saturday my wife and I had the opportunity to visit Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee.  It’s a “hole in the road” just south of Nashville.

You will never guess who I ran into?

None other than Abraham Lincoln!  It was his birthday.  202 years old to be exact, according to him.

Abe was being portrayed by a man named John Mansfield who is a world renowned Lincoln impersonator.  To get an idea of his work, click here.

The man was mesmerizing.

The meeting was especially meaningful to me, because I have been reading Lincoln for the past two months.  I made a commitment to spend a couple of hours each week learning about Lincoln during 2011.  Little did I know I would actually meet him.  Stay tuned . . . Tomorrow I will reveal the photos.

In honor of Lincoln’s birthday, this week the blog will focus on leadership through the lens of Lincoln.  Hopefully you will learn something you did not know.

Today I leave you with my favorite Lincoln quote: “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day.”

I can relate.  So many times when I don’t know what to do or where to turn, I bow my head and ask God to give me wisdom.

As you begin a new week of leadership, maybe you too would be wise to start on your knees, seeking the divine help of the One who made you a leader?



How often do you pray about the challenges you face as a leader?

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10 years ago

Lincoln = Honor = leadership


10 years ago

Need to be more leaders like Abe, Mike!


10 years ago

How awesome! I am reading Abraham Lincoln-A Life by Thomas Keneally. Nice to see moderately great minds think alike. Alan


10 years ago

You’re a beauty AM

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