NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERAfter five decades of magisterial output, Doris Kearns Goodwin leads the league of presidential historians. Insight is her imprint.USA TODAYA book like Leadership should help us raise our expectations of our national leaders, our country and ourselves.The Washington PostWe can only hope that a few of Goodwins 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 ReviewIn 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 closelyAbraham Lincoln, Theodore...
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Leadership: In Turbulent Times Reviews
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, ...more
Hot take: Overall, this book was captivating and dense with valuable information and insights. The first 2/3 are a compelling, succinct look at the development of each of these great leaders. The last 1/3 is a weaker set of conclusions about leadership based on these presidents’s lives, which felt a bit forced (slightly erring on the side of a business leadership book at times). It didn’t work for me mainly because it’s devoid of the context of less successful leaders, or of instances where simi ...more
I am grateful to the publisher (Simon & Schuster) and the author (Doris Kearns Goodwin, DKG) for the advanced reader’s copy (ARC) which I received via Goodreads Giveaways.
I was particularly excited to receive this book, as it was already at the top of my to-buy list. This certainly did not disappoint.
DKG is a national treasure; I often think of her as our nation’s Historian Emeritus. Her research is incredibly thorough and well-documented. Toward that end, the length of the book intimidated ...more
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 ...more
Having read and enjoyed Kearns Goodwin's books on FDR, Lincoln, and LBJ I was curious to see how this book would be. This one did not disappoint in most respects.
As with the other 3 books her narrative style of history telling in a relatively direct prose makes for engaging reading. Even when KG provides background and/or context she does it in manner that keeps the storyline moving along at a comfortable, and for the most part, interesting pace.
In this book the author still demonstrates a fine ...more
I won a copy of "Leadership: In Turbulent Times" on Goodreads First Reads. This book gives me hope that their are great leaders out there and that this time in our history will pass.
Leaders: Lincoln (Transformational), TR (Crisis), FDR (Turnaround), LBJ (Visionary). This is among Goodwin's best; perhaps Pulitzer worthy. She makes these presidents accessible and admirable. She zeroes in on one specific crisis each faced: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation; TR's management of the 1902 Coal Strike; FDR’s first 100 days, at the height of the Great Depression; and LBJ’s Civil Rights Act, after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Bullet points step-by-step leadership tips thro ...more
Brilliant. I learned something about each president in their respective chapters. But became a bit muddled and long-winded when the author spoke by topic in the later half of the book and jumped between each president, sometimes mid-thought. Regardless, this is a very important book that I see doing well upon release. It’s a sad read, too, as it inadvertently highlights those things that are lacking in our current “leadership”.