The pair have adjacent memorials in Washington DC, and we celebrate their birthdays with a joint national holiday. Both were also leaders during transformational times in history.
But they also have many differences between them. Executives who are fighting for transformation can gain knowledge both from their similarities and also their differences. Let’s look at some examples.
Both of these men are famous for their honesty.
George Washington famously confessed to chopping down his father’s cherry tree as a child, and Abraham Lincoln was given the nickname “Honest Abe” which became a slogan that he used during his political career.
In leading any type of transformation, authenticity is one of the most important leadership characteristics.
This doesn’t mean you need to be transparent about everything all the time, but rather that you are genuine and sincere with what you do share. It’s a strength when a leader is able to communicate with others and speak from the heart.
Failing to do so may result in your team seeing you as inauthentic and therefore, have less confidence in you as a leader.