Nary a negative word about Lincoln. Not that it took him almost 3 years to appoint a competent general to command the Army of the Potomac (his judge of generals could be thought of as rather poor) and his circumventing of civil liberties provided by the Constitution is always passed over. I'd be hard pressed to argue that Lincoln was not a great leader overall, but I don't think doing what Lincoln did would work in every situation, including business.
Interesting details about Lincoln, but of limited practical use. Too much focus on details with not enough synthesis into fundamental principles that can be universally applied. Example: Many of the bullet points at the end of each chapter were often ridiculous - "If you have a subordinate who has a presidential chin-fly biting him, don't knock it off."
This book examines the difficult times during the Civil War and how Abraham Lincoln delt with conflicts within his own cabinet, the War Department and with the citizens involved with the Civil War.
It further discusses the decisions he made (some very difficult) and how these decission processes could benefit Executives, especially during tough times.
I believe some of our current CEOs, of large US corporations, could benefit from these principles if they would apply them to their current situations and follow through with their decissions, as Lincoln did on so many occassions.
Examines Lincoln's diverse leadership abilities and how they can be applied to today's complex world.