Best Leadership Books of All Time

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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin (2005)

When asked in a 2008 interview what one book he'd take to the White House if he could choose only one (besides the Bible) President Obama chose this one. President Lincoln's ability to unite, and his success bridging vastly divergent personalities and ideologies, is perhaps his single-most admired leadership trait. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's keen understanding of human behavior by tracing his relationship with the political antagonists he chose for his cabinet. Ever humble, Lincoln chose to surround himself with ambitious, strong-willed personalities who were unafraid to challenge him.