Lincoln and the Leadership Follies

By Allen C. Guelzo
Gettysburg College

Let‟s say that you are responsible for hiring the president of a large but under capitalized republic sometime after the middle of the 19th century. You hire two search firms. One meets with prospects in Chicago, the other in Baltimore. They come up with two candidates. One of them is a former employee, a certified genius, with the best education. The other is a lawyer who‟s been with the republic for four years, and has been responsible for major operations over the last four years, but has little to show for it.

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