The Jepson Studies in Leadership series is home for the best scholarly work on leadership in the humanities and the social sciences. Each volume in the series is dedicated to important themes related to leadership. This approach reflects the Jepson School’s broad-based, liberal arts approach to the study of leadership.
Lincoln's Legacy of Leadership
"Lincoln's Legacy of Leadership," edited by George R. Goethals and Gary L. McDowell, takes a close look at Abraham Lincoln both during his presidency and in the time leading up to it and includes chapters by some of the world's top scholars on Lincoln.
Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Walker Howe and Lincoln Prize winners Richard Carwardine and Douglas Wilson are among the contributors. It also includes a chapter by Edward L. Ayers, University of Richmond president, on the many challenges Lincoln faced throughout his presidency and as a leader.
The chapters "create a compelling composite of Lincoln's legacy of leadership," Goethals writes. "Together they make clear both the nature of Lincoln's political views, some of his important personal qualities, including his values and his abilities, and the shape of the political and military challenges that faced him from the very beginning of his administration. They provide an exceptionally useful foundation for considering some of the essentials of Lincoln's leadership."
The book stemmed from a colloquium on Lincoln held at the Jepson School in September 2008.