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Leadership: In Turbulent Times

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 closelyAbraham 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 a...

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ISBN : 9781476795928
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 473 pages
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  • Jo Ann

    I am always so impressed with the thorough manner in which Goodwin researches, and writes, about her subjects, and this book is impressive as well. It's a fascinating look at the 2 Roosevelt presidents, Lincoln, and Johnson, and comparisons and differences between what made them tick, what their motivations, strengths, weaknesses, were. Well done!

  • George P.

    The best way to study leadership is to study leaders. How they exercised influence in their contexts provides examples of how we can do so in ours. For this reason, it is paramount for leaders to be well-versed in biography and history, the knowledge of people and their times.

    Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Leadership in Turbulent Times provides case studies of the leadership of four U.S. presidents at critical junctures in their administrations:

    1. Abraham Lincoln exemplifies transformational leadership
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  • Ctgt

    Kearns takes a look at four presidents- Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson and presents what she believes made them great leaders.

    The book is broken in to 3 parts; 1. The early years, 2. a pivotal professional moment and 3. a specific time when they each had to display leadership.

    Obviously there is a ton of information about all these men but Kearns does a good job of taking this info and shedding light on a particular aspect of their lives and legacy.

    8/10

  • Megan

    Ever since I read Team of Rivals back in 2005, I have been a big fan of Doris Kearns Goodwin. She is not only a masterful historian but also an incredible storyteller. So when I saw Leadership: In Turbulent Times come out in 2018, I knew that I had to read it.

    Goodwin poses some very interesting questions at the beginning of Leadership. "Are leaders born or made? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader?" To answer these questions, Goodwin looked to four presidents: Abraham
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  • Dan Graser

    With characteristic erudition and thoroughness, Doris Kearns Goodwin achieves an answer to the main questions she was asking with this book:

    “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?”

    She centers this extensive answer around four different types of leaders who happen to share the distinction of having been elected President: the transformational leadership of Lincoln,
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  • Lynne

    When Doris Kearns Goodwin has a new book, I'm always interested in checking it out at the very least. This time I was lucky enough to look at the audio book first. Through the lives of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson, Goodwin illustrates what leadership means and what traits are necessary to be a true leader. I'm not sure whether it was intentional or not (although I believe it was) she shows that it happens regardless of party by using these particular ...more

  • Teri

    Doris Kearns Goodwin profiles four past presidents who endured tumultuous times during their administrations. Abraham Lincoln had to work through warring factions in the US to see the Emancipation Proclamation become law. Teddy Roosevelt had to deal with a miners strike. FDR took over the country during the depression, seeing multiple programs and projects instituted for his New Deal to come to fruition to stabilize the country's economy. Lyndon Baines Johnson took over as president when the nat ...more

  • Alisa

    Great book! Doris Kearns Goodwin has written a compelling treatise on leadership using four Presidents she has studied intimately as the central characters: Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson. For each President she describes their formative years and the forces that shaped their personal attributes, illustrates the role that adversity played early in their careers, and how they assumed the mantle as leaders during a critical point during their presidency. H ...more