He is a man of an angel’s wit and multiple learning. I know not his fellow. For where is the man of that gentleness, strength, and resolve? And as time requireth, a man of marvelous modernity and reasoned enterprise, and sometime of as sad gravity. A Man for All Reasons.
“His greatness sprang first and foremost from his moral qualities.”
“He was what might be termed a moral genius, an upright and noble personality, a practical idealist, independent, incorruptible, and indomitable, uncompromisingly self-sacrificing, a man devoid of guile and to whom the concept of self-indulgence was entirely foreign.”
Steven Speilberg’s biopic Lincoln starring Daniel Day Lewis dropped it’s first trailer this week and let’s be honest, that guy can act. And that other guy can direct. The “somber” epic is rightfully generating a lot of Oscar buzz, and depicts the last four months of Lincoln’s life. The trailer indicates Day-Lewis used leading historical thought to guide his portrayal, as his speaking voice was noticeably higher pitch than one would imagine, which is apparently how it actually was. Despite not sounding like Rambo, Lincoln was said to have won over crowds with his sense of ease and the thrust of his ideas.
“It’s not just a feel-good bio pic. I mean it feels great, I think it feels better because it actually delves into something. It’s not just patriotism and icon worship. It really examines him as a human being and all of his imperfections and both his virtues and his flaws. It is a fascinating script. I can’t wait to see it. It is such a brave take. Steven Spielberg, he’s the biggest filmmaker in the world. There would be a lot pressure on him to make a more watered-down version of the story and I think it’s so brave of him to have really done something provocative and interesting.”
So let’s look more closely at Lincoln, from Leadership and Temperament perspective.
He had a voice, and he had found it.
And his natural talent was to teach, using that voice.
He did what he loved, and loved what he did.
“Find your voice and inspire others to find theirs…” [The 8th Habit]
And that’s what he did, for he was a Teacher Idealist, a Proactive Idealist.
An Educator. ”… as inherent in the word educator, it has to be educed by an individual skilled in drawing out potentials. In this interaction the Diplomatic Initiators have an edge over all others, including the other Idealists. They seem uncannily able to influence those who seek to improve what they say and do at work.” — Dr. David Keirsey
It has been a long time gone.
They finally have the time to try to make it work.
You know that thing called Democracy.
No, not the rhetoric – well, the false promises… words, words, words. The Politician. The lies.. The grabbing of power, and holding on. The Tyrants. Rulers. Leaders, in name only.
You have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately … Depart, I say; and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go! – Oliver Cromwell to the Rump Parliament.
They have gone in two countries. Male tyrants and scoundrels.
It’s about time for their turn: two strong and determined women. The Challenge of Democracy. The men have been mostly a disaster.