Leadership Lessons from Lincoln
April 25, 2017
Hosted by Jeff Smith
We sometimes think we have things so rough. Our 16th President was probably one of the most revered and the most hated figures by his contemporaries. Abraham Lincoln was elected by what was then the lowest plurality in an American election to date. The country was disintegrating, military leaders and cabinet members questioned his leadership, and there were numerous threats on his life. In spite of it all, Lincoln’s approach to managing people and circumstances fostered innovation and engagement. Lincoln developed and used his amazing talent for Coaching and public Speaking. He kept people in his organization engaged while delivering at the most challenging news at often the most challenging of times. His methods for providing feedback to wayward subordinates would be the envy of any leader anywhere. We would do well to learn from his experiences the next time we are frustrated because something that was supposed to happen didn’t or a colleague let us down.
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Great leaders multiply their vision into results that far exceed the resources they start with. Through interviews and discussions, Jeff Smith explores leadership issues and illuminates action points and perspectives to help teams in any industry. Jeff talks with experts who study these issues and shares some of his own wisdom from years as an executive leader and executive coach.
The show covers issues that are impacting real teams right now. These include mindfulness in leadership, shaping the right corporate culture and other tips and tools for leaders and teams.
Jeff Smith is a leadership multiplier. He helps leaders develop their potential and apply their talents to meet their goals. His passion for this work led him to found Voltage Leadership Consulting in 2011, where he and his partners have guided thousands of individuals and teams to excellence.
Like many of the executives he coaches, Jeff balances his work, family time with his wife and four children, and training for marathons. He uses a collaborative approach with his clients to help them pinpoint their vision for their professional and personal lives and make it reality.
Jeff draws on more than twenty-five years of experience as an executive in human resources and operations with both profit and nonprofit organizations. His expertise includes organizational development, organizational change, succession planning, executive coaching, team-building, leadership development, and recruiting.
Jeff graduated cum laude with a BBA from James Madison University in management and history. He also holds a MA from George Washington University in Human Resource Development. Additionally, Jeff graduated from Georgetown University with an Executive Coaching and Leadership Certificate and became a Fellow of the Advisory Board in 2006. He earned his Professional Coach Certification through the International Coaching Federation.