President’s Day – Management Lessons from Lincoln and Washington

Coutesy of the Vistage blog, some great quotes and management lessons from two of our greatest presidents…

 

Washington and Lincoln on Management:

 

“My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty,

it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein.” – George Washington 

 

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln

 

Abraham Lincoln, Deal Guy

Lincoln has received enormous publicity in recent months due to the Steven Spielberg movie on his crusade to pass the 13th amendment to the constitution.  Aside from George Washington, it would be difficult to find a president held in higher regard.   Lincoln has more than a little to teach CEOs.  For a quick overview, check out these article:  The first  “Making The Biggest Deals- Abraham Lincoln style” offers three lessons on negotiation drawn from major events of Lincoln’s presidency.    If you want some general leadership wisdom from our sixteenth president, check outLincoln: Five Leadership Lessons.

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