Like Lincoln or McClellan?

Michael Hyatt, former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing wrote about Lincoln’s wins and losses as a leader following his watching Steven Spielburg’s Lincoln and reading Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln wrote about Lincoln’s biggest mistake when picking leaders, George McClellan. While McClellan was beloved by his troops, Hyatt notes 5 flaws of the general:

  1. Hesitating to take definitive action
  2. Complaining about a lack of resources
  3. Refusing to take responsibility
  4. Abusing the privileges of leadership
  5. Engaging in acts of insubordination

Yes, even leaders have to submit to authority, to be accountable to somebody at some time.

As Hyatt asks at the end of his post, “Do you have any of these flaws in your own leadership? What can you do to correct them now-while you still have time?” The good news is that you can deal with these problems and avoid your own Civil War failure.

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