Portraits of Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and A. Philip Randolph

Abraham Lincoln (1864), suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton (no date recorded), and civil rights activist A. Philip Randolph (1964). Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program, a speakers bureau devoted to American history, features 75 historians who speak about a wide variety of American leaders and leadership skills.


Lesley J. Gordon

George E. Pickett in Life and Legend

The man who gave his name to the greatest failed frontal attack in American military history, George E. Pickett is among the most famous Confederate...(Read More)

David Kennedy

Lessons of Leadership: Dwight Eisenhower as Warrior and President.

Kennedy uses the example of Dwight Eisenhower as soldier and president as a platform for some observations drawn from social pscyhology about the components and contexts of leadership of various sorts. Read More

Stephen Berry

To Become Good and Great: Lincoln and Ethical Leadership

At the age of fourteen, Abraham Lincoln wrote in one of his copybooks: "'Tis Abraham Lincoln holds the pen / He will be good but God knows when." We routinely ask our children what they want to be when they grow up. We don't ask them how they want to be. Lincoln dedicated an important part of his...(Read More)

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