Responses to “Team of Rivals The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln”

Responses to“Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln”

Responses to “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of AbrahamLincoln”

Asthe head of the students council, the book &quotTeam of Rivals: ThePolitical Genius of Abraham Lincoln&quot had implications on my roleand that of the organization (school). For instance, every decision Imade to embrace my former rivals battling for the position meant thatI ended up inevitably ignoring my old friends, which is somethingthey mistook (Goodwin, 2005). Again, the implication on the school inresponse to the book was that there were repeated and unnecessarybackroom drama and disloyalty in the management, as is reflected inthe Union War in the book.

&quotThe ability to lead positive change depends on a person`sposition and hierarchy in the organization&quot (Goodwin, 2005).From the book, this statement is false. This is because one does notneed to be positioned better or rather hold a position or hierarchyto execute positive change in an organization. What one needs are thezeal and a positive mindset. The primary frame the chief protagonistworked as the Illinois State representative, which was a politicalposition. This primary frame, in the long run, helped in his abilityto trigger change by engaging in a series of debates, whicheventually became of national interest.

Based on the selection of Abraham Lincoln as the chief protagonist,what it takes to make a fundamental and long lasting change is toembrace former rivals, be confident, and exercise commendableemotional intelligence. In the book, successfully identified changeefforts include being a defiant rival and considering inconvenienttruths about what surrounds you (Goodwin, 2005). Three fundamentalelements for review of the text readings I would provide forcontinued success would include rival Defiance, confident leadership,and forging an effective team.

Based on the readings and theory, I would tell them what they aredoing right is reconciling antagonistic parties, while what they aredoing wrong is engaging in repeated fights with disrespect. In thebook, my two favorite and memorable quotes are &quotGood leadershipdemands one to surround him or herself with individuals of differentperspectives that one can disagree with without fearing forretaliation&quot and &quotIn order to win a man, you must firstreach out to his heart – the greatest high road to his reasoning&quot(Goodwin, 2005).


Goodwin, D. K. (2005). Team of rivals: The political genius ofAbraham Lincoln. New York: Simon &amp Schuster.