Welcome to Part 7 of My Compelling Blog where the featured letters are T, U and V.
I had the hardest time choosing three words this time. So many words, thoughts and concepts have been swirling in my head this past week and in the end, after countless lists and sticky notes, I landed on Trust Unites Values (with Vision and Voice).
Okay so there are 3 V words, you’ll see why in a moment.
I’ve always been inspired by the leadership and oratory skills of the many great Presidents of the United States and since today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, I thought it fitting to share this perspective and story which was featured in the LA Times.
Below is an excerpt of an article by David Blackenhorn, President of Better Angels titled “ Today’s leaders should ask themselves: What would Lincoln do?”
“In 1865, when Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address, the Civil War was nearing an end, and he was already thinking about how “to bind up the nation’s wounds.” In that same address, when he urged “malice toward none,” he meant it.
Throughout his political career, Lincoln rejected dogmatism, embraced pragmatism, and sought compromise, something that often didn’t sit well with those he considered his allies.
Lincoln chose humor over vitriol and understanding over judgment. He liked telling stories more than delivering lectures and making suggestions more than issuing orders. A strong, confident man, but one who also experienced dark depression, Lincoln was mild-mannered. His capacity for empathy was striking to those around him.
Lincoln had important flaws, but was providentially suited to his times. In a time of disunity, he tried to remind Americans what united them.
Amid conflict, he sought conciliation.
Amid anger, he advocated “charity for all.”
Amid despair, he summoned “the better angels of our nature.”
On his birthday, today’s leaders would do well to contemplate his wisdom.”
And so it was honest Abe who was trusted by millions of Americans to unite a fractured nation. He used Trust to Unite our Values with his Vision and Voice.
It is my hope that our nation’s leaders today choose humor over vitriol and understanding over judgment. I can dream, right?
I wish you all a safe and happy President’s weekend!