Lincoln Movie Leadership Analysis

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Hunter Anderson
Dr. Fairhurst
Leadership Communication 4008
8 December 2015
Lincoln Essay The year is 1865 and the Civil War death toll has risen just over six-hundred-thousand men. The freedoms sought out by our nation’s founders, now jeopardized by the secession of eleven states from the Union. The fate of The United States of America now laid upon the broad shoulders of our nations sixteenth commander-in-chief, President Abraham Lincoln. In a term marked by the burden of complete social upheaval, Abraham Lincoln was our nation’s foremost leader. The lawyer from Illinois navigated the only internal war in American history by embodying the principals taught by Professor Grint, utilizing a model of distributed leadership to gather the right information and implement change, and then merging these resources with his natural oratory abilities to unite a nation ruptured by domestic indifferences. His commitment to preserving the Union vindicated democracy and initialized the substratum which would be built upon to become the republic we know today. In the modern-day society we inhabit, the development and subsequent implementation of technology in daily activities has allowed our leaders rapid access to consistently accurate data. This ease of access is a luxury I am certain President Lincoln would have utilized, as he was always probing for more information, a trait congruent with the teachings of Keith Grint, Professor of Public Leadership and Management at the Warwick Business School, who suggests that the leader’s role with a wicked problem is to ask the right questions rather than provide the right answers. In the film Lincoln, actor Daniel Day-Lewis reaffirms this trait with the line “If in pursuit of your destination, you plunge ahead, heedless of obstacles, and achieve nothing more than to sink in a swamp... What's the use of knowing True North?”. The…...

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