One of my favorite all time reference books is Donald T. Phillips' "Lincoln On Leadership - Executive Strategies For Tough Times." In this book, Phillips explores President Lincoln's management philosophies for students of leadership. It's a fascinating read. Listed below are a few of my favorite principles from Phillips that I have tried to embrace:
1. Be the very embodiment of good temper and affability.
2. Remember, everyone likes a compliment.
3. Wage only one war at a time.
4. Showing your compassionate and caring nature will aid you in forging successful relationships.
5. Use force only as a last resort.
6. A good leader avoids issuing orders, preferring to request, imply, or make suggestions.
7. When you make it to the top, turn and reach down for the person behind you.
8. Don't surrender the game leaving any available card unplayed.
9. Remember that compromise does not mean cowardice.
10. Seize the initiative and never relinquish it.