Lincoln was not afraid of politics. In fact he was aggressive in politics. Much of Abe’s style depended on politics. As Gienapp (2002) stated about Lincoln and the political system, “he adopted its premises, formed his identity in conjunction with it, molded his outlook and behavior accordingly…” (p. 29). In turmoil over slavery, banking, and war the Republicans depended on Abe and he managed to hold the party together even winning elections in war time.
Abraham recognized the different aspects of leadership in politics. He knew when to use different supporting, delegating, directing, and coaching styles to accomplish objectives. (Gienapp, 2002) Ultimately, Abraham knew the limits of his power, yet the importance of his character. Lincoln said, “I do the very best I know how—the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end” (Lincoln, n.d., n.p.).
In politics, Lincoln was adroit in the use of power. Equally deft in using coercive and reward power, he would tactfully reward devotees with government positions and loyal mentoring. However, Abe never hesitated to use persuasion in speeches, directives, and personal will in confronting obstacles to his goals. In 1800’s politics, Abraham cultivated connection power in Whig and later Republican platform goals. However, Abe relied most on his expertness, personal reference, and the ability to dispose accurate and reliable information on positions. (Gienapp, 2002)
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