NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“After five decades of magisterial output, Doris Kearns Goodwin leads the league of presidential historians. Insight is her imprint.”—USA TODAY
“A book like Leadership should help us raise our expectations of our national leaders, our country and ourselves.”—The Washington Post
“We can only hope that a few of Goodwin’s many readers will find in her subjects’ examples a margin of inspiration and a resolve to steer the country to a better place.”—The New York Times Book Review
In this culmination of five decades of acclaimed studies in presidential history, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin offers an illuminating exploration of the early development, growth, and exercise of leadership.
Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader?
In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)—to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as leaders by others. By looking back to their first entries into public life, we encounter them at a time when their paths were filled with confusion, fear, and hope.
Leadership tells the story of how they all collided with dramatic reversals that disrupted their lives and threatened to shatter forever their ambitions. Nonetheless, they all emerged fitted to confront the contours and dilemmas of their times.
No common pattern describes the trajectory of leadership. Although set apart in background, abilities, and temperament, these men shared a fierce ambition and a deep-seated resilience that enabled them to surmount uncommon hardships. At their best, all four were guided by a sense of moral purpose. At moments of great challenge, they were able to summon their talents to enlarge the opportunities and lives of others.
This seminal work provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field. In today’s polarized world, these stories of authentic leadership in times of apprehension and fracture take on a singular urgency.
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About the Author
Doris Kearns Goodwin’s interest in leadership began more than half a century ago as a professor at Harvard. Her experiences working for Lyndon B. Johnson in the White House and later assisting him on his memoirs led to her bestselling Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She followed up with the Pulitzer Prize–winning No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. She earned the Lincoln Prize for the runaway bestseller Team of Rivals, the basis for Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award–winning film Lincoln, and the Carnegie Medal for The Bully Pulpit, the New York Times bestselling chronicle of the friendship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts. Visit her at DorisKearnsGoodwin.com or @DorisKGoodwin.
Date of Birth:January 4, 1943
Place of Birth:Brooklyn, NY
Education:B. A., Colby College; Ph.D., Harvard University
Table of Contents
I Ambition and the Recognition of Leadership
1 Abraham: "Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition" 3
2 Theodore: "I rose like a rocket" 21
3 Franklin: "No, call me Franklin" 39
4 Lyndon: "A steam engine in pants" 68
II Adversity and Growth
5 Abraham Lincoln: "I must die or be better" 97
6 Theodore Roosevelt: "The light has gone out of my life" 124
7 Franklin Roosevelt: "Above all, try something" 160
8 Lyndon Johnson: "The most miserable period of my life" 182
III The Leader and the Times: How They Led
9 Transformational Leadership: Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation 211
10 Crisis Management: Theodore Roosevelt and the Coal Strike 243
11 Turnaround Leadership: Franklin Roosevelt and the Hundred Days 273
12 Visionary Leadership: Lyndon Johnson and Civil Rights 306
Epilogue: Of Death and Remembrance 345
Business Books on Leadership Skills 383
Abbreviations Used in Notes 387
Illustration Credits 449
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Must read for all presidential scholars. Leadership begins and ends with keeping ones word.
Inspiring. Educational. Entertaining. Changed my opinion of Lyndon Johnson and introduced me to four presidents who faced adversity with courage and conviction and patriotism. Beautifully crafted and obviously well-researched. I have seen and enjoyed the author’s presentations on the state of the presidency on cable news shows but her writing is stunning. Not a surprise she has won a Pulitzer for past offerings. This is likely to earn her another. With all the news about the lack of leadership by the current occupant of the White House, this book reminds of us what we have enjoyed in past leadership and what we can hope for in the future. Spoiler alert: If you judged LBJ simply by the failed leadership in Vietnam, as I had, you missed the remarkable courage and leadership that defines him as one of the most successful civil rights leaders of our time.