Lincoln On Leadership – Chapter Fourteen

I’m currently reading the book Lincoln on Leadership. I wanted to share the chapter notes because they’re so good.

Chapter Fourteen – Influence People Through Conversation and Storytelling
  • When you meet an individual, try not to part with any unpleasant impression on either side.
  • Speak in simple and familiar strains with people, without any pretension of superiority. Leave people with the feeling that they’ve known you all their lives.
  • Don’t forget that humor is a major component at your ability to persuade people
  • A good laugh is good for both the mental and physical digestion
  • Remember that people are more easily influenced through the medium of a broad and humorous illustration than in any other way.
  • You will often avoid a long and useless discussion by others or a laborious explanation on your own part by a short story that illustrates your point of view
  • The sharpness of a refusal or the edge of a rebuke may be blunted by an appropriate story, so as to save wounded feelings and yet serve the purpose
  • Loyalty is more often won through private conversation than in any other way.

About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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