A Big Idea: Abraham Lincoln, MBA

Nancy Koehn finds business-leadership insights from Lincoln, Shackleton, and other historical figures.
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Who knew Harvard Business School hires historians? Nancy Koehn, who mainly studies the history of leadership, has identified lessons from Lincoln that the business world can learn and use. During a talk she gave on Friday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, she spoke about Lincoln's pragmatic ability to know which battles to fight; his ability to step outside of himself and evaluate alternative perspectives; how to work with others to accomplish desirable outcomes; and how to mobilize in the face of the most important challenges. Perhaps one of the country's most beloved presidents might have succeeded in the business world.

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Emma Green is the assistant managing editor of TheAtlantic.com, where she also writes about religion and culture.

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