During the Civil War, Lincoln made many trips to the battlefields and field hospitals, meeting the troops, establishing lasting connections with them that boosted their morale. When in public, he would make it a point to try and speak to everyone and even shake their hands if possible. By taking the time to speak and interact with subordinates, it develops a connection between the people and their leader and serves as a motivator, even in modern times (Moreton, 2008).
Through these leadership traits, Lincoln was able to make a great impact on the country and was able to hold the Union together and rebuild this great nation. In his second inaugural speech, he focused on this point when he said, “With malice toward none, with charity for all, ? let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”(Moreton, 2008)
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