In a sold-out event in Hammerschmidt Chapel, Doris Kearns Goodwin spoke about the qualities that create a well-rounded leader using her New York Times best seller book, “Team of Rivals: The Leadership Lessons of Abraham Lincoln”.
The Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian, whose book inspired the 2012 Steven Spielberg film, said Lincoln had “the ability to motivate oneself in the face of frustration to withstand adversity and come through trials of fire.”
Goodwin explained that one of the qualities Lincoln had that made him stand out was his capacity to work with people who did not think like him, regardless of their political views.
“These are the strongest most able men in my country; I need them by my side,” said Goodwin, reading from her book what Lincoln said.
As Goodwin said, examples like such from Lincoln’s life aided in shaping him and his approach to leadership during a time “perhaps none more difficult than the Civil War.”