President Lincoln as the Consummate Business Leader

“Even before Lincoln the movie came along, there was a certain cult of leadership surrounding the 16th president.” – New York Times, January 27, 2013

Indeed, President Lincoln will always hold an illustrious place in history as a leader who took daring steps to change what didn’t work and stand for endurance, right and equality. As a business owner, though, I’d never thought much about how Lincoln’s legacy could light my path toward effective leadership and business growth.

Then an article comes along and hits me square between the eyes with insight and clarity. The vision of a leader being hewn from a piece of wood is a fallacy; we are composites of all our life experiences, all of the people who came before us and to whom we listened, and all the astute writings we consumed.

I was lucky to grow up in an entrepreneurial household. My father went out on his own and created a company in the scrap metal industry when I was 10. My siblings were 8 and 6, respectively, and my mother did not work outside the house. Yet, she encouraged him to take the plunge and fly. And fly he did.

All my life, I saw what was possible by just trying. I never heard “you can’t.” And so it was no surprise that I grew up to be discontent with working for someone else and having to report to an office at a certain time and remain there until a certain evening hour, regardless of how much work I accomplished in-between.

I’ve always been driven. I get more done in a day than most people. It’s how I’m wired. Why, then, would I want to be relegated to mediocrity when I could soar for the sky?

Of course, as every entrepreneur knows, not every step is a winning one. I’ve fallen on my bottom more times than I could count and burned some bridges along the way.

I’ve also been careful to listen to mentors and to recognize the importance of learning from anyone – and everyone – who crosses my path. No coincidences. Life blazes its own path and you can embrace it or fight it.

Business is bustling this 2013, and I am grateful for it. It’s also time for new things, to blaze new paths.

I’m pleased to announce several new products/services this year so that the work I do in helping businesses build by creating strategic, mutually beneficial relationships through PR, Marketing, and Social Media will expand to create many entry points for budgets of all sizes.

There are a few spaces available in The Market Share, a mastery group of like-minded and compatible business owners, who will participate in 8 weekly calls to learn how to harness certain strategic tools to grow their businesses. They’ll also benefit from a consultation with yours truly on where they are and where they could go with their business. If you’re interested in taking part, email me.

I am also in the process of building a members-only online community for business owners to find tools, resources, guidance and forums to help them grow their businesses. Stay tuned for its launch in the spring.

The sky is truly the limit. Anything is possible if you believe. If you’re doing something you love, you can’t help but jump in with both feet and see where you land.

There is no room for timidity or fear. None. Banish all the doubts and when you wake in the night from anxiety-riddled dreams, drink a glass of warm milk with honey and go back to sleep. 

If you do the work in front of you, I promise, the money – and the success- will come.

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