Prominent Leaders Essay

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Prominent Leaders Leaders inspire and motivate people to accomplish a common goal or objective. Whenever I think of prominent leaders, several names come to mind but one really stands out to me: Abraham Lincoln. First, I will discuss his background, political career and his involvement in the Civil War. Next, I will examine why Lincoln is one of the most famous transformational leaders in modern history by looking at some of Lincoln’s leadership characteristics. Finally, I will talk about the different aspects of servant leadership that Lincoln displayed and how the Civil War affected them. So with that being said, let’s learn about the man under the top hat and behind the beard. Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809 near Hodgenville, Kentucky. (Suppiger, 2013) Born into poverty, Lincoln did not receive a formal education. He worked many jobs and was a self-educated man. In 1834, Lincoln was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives and was re-elected for the next three terms. In 1836, Lincoln passed the state bar exam and started his career as a lawyer. From 1847-49, he served in the U.S. House of Representatives. During the early 1850’s, Lincoln took a break from politics and concentrated on his law firm. Slavery issues brought Lincoln back into politics and his debates with Stephen Douglas in 1858 thrust Lincoln into the national picture. Lincoln won the 1860 presidential election with a majority of the electoral college votes but not the majority of the popular votes. Nobody had a majority of the popular votes and seven states seceded from the Union after Lincoln’s election, which highlighted the division in our country at that time. Not long after his inauguration on March 4, 1861, the Civil War began when Confederate troops fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston, SC. During the war, Lincoln drafted the Emancipation Proclamation that
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