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Lesson 6: Leaders link past, present, and future to appeal to followers

Abraham Lincoln - November 22

Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln (highlighted) returning to his seat after delivering the Gettysburg Address. The Address was so short that photographers did not have time to set up their cameras. (Library of Congress)

On November 22, 1863, Abraham Lincoln came to the Gettysburg battlefield to dedicate a new national cemetery.  He delivered a brief and forceful speech, one which continues to echo in American society.  He concluded with this declaration:

"We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Questions to consider:

What happens when a leader does not communicate, make decisions, and have confidence?

Why do people need to be reminded why they committed themselves to a challenging task?

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