Leadership by Doris Kearns Goodwin


Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader? In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon the four presidents she has studied most closely—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)—to show how they recognized leadership qualities within themselves and were recognized as ...

Details Leadership

Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Biography, Leadership, Politics, North American Hi..., American History

Reviews Leadership

  • Faith
    This book has mini biographies of four presidents selected by the author as exemplars of leadership abilities: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. There is a chapter for each, under each of three themes: ambition and early recognition of leadership ability; adversity and growth; and how they led during crises in their presidencies. There is also an epilogue that describes the ends of their lives. Aside from...
  • Jean
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I also learned a few things about presidents, I have read many of their biographies. I am a big fan of Goodwin. She states she started working on this book in 2013 and it took her five years to research and write. I felt that the release of the book at this current time in our presidential affairs was quite pertinent.Goodwin wrote biographies over the years of each of the presidents. She chose for this book: Abr...
  • Matt
    Doris Kearns Goodwin pairs her superior research skills with an ability to recount history in a comprehensive manner to bring readers this wonderful book on political power in the most difficult situations. Patching together some of her past work on four American presidents, Goodwin examines the rise to power of each man, as well as how they were able to overcome significant adversity to right the proverbial apple cart. Goodwin chooses to explore...
  • TL
    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.---Short review since head is still on the mend (better than yesterday at least)The author is the history teacher I would have loved to have in high-school(aside from one in my school, the others weren't good at keeping me interested). She brings history alive and is good at keeping the reader engaged in the subjects she writes about.This one wasn...
  • Lorna
    Leadership: In Turbulent Times is a powerful look at the qualities of leadership exhibited, each in their own way, and as determined by history and the unique crises and challenges faced by four transformational presidents - Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. Beloved historian Doris Kearns Goodwin separates her book into three sections: Ambition and the Recognition of Leadership; Adversity and Growth; and ...
  • Bruce Katz
    3.75 (yes, I know it’s silly, but it feels right). Goodwin is to my mind a national treasure. Her earlier books hold pride of place on my shelves. This new book, however, simply didn’t move me as much. I’m not sure when she decided to write it — I understand that years of research typically go into her books — but one can’t read Leadership without being reminded again and again of the many shortcomings of our current political leaders...
  • Kobe Bryant
    I loved TEAM OF RIVALS, and LEADERSHIP really built on the things I had taken away from that book. Moving from basketball to building a company, I needed to learn new and different leadership skills and Goodwin outlines the different skill-sets of Lincoln, both Roosevelts, and Lyndon Johnson, accessibly.
  • Bryan Craig
    What makes a great leader? Are they born or bred? These are some of the questions Goodwin asks the reader. I really liked how Goodwin organized the material in her study of four great presidents: Lincoln, TR, FDR, and LBJ. She unpacks important traits of their childhood, how they recovered from their lowest points, and how they succeeded at their biggest moments as presidents.Other scholars remind us that presidential greatness is hard to find, a...
  • Donna Wetzel
    Thank you Goodreads and Doris Kearns Goodwin for my free copy of Leadership: In Turbulent Times. This is an excellent book which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Ms. Goodwin has the ability to take complicated subject matter and transform it into easy to read and understand text. She is a storyteller like Abe Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson, who are two of the past presidents discussed in this book. She gives many examples to support her viewpoints as to...
  • Katy
    I came away impressed with all four presidents, but my opinion of Lyndon Johnson was increased the most. Probably because I knew the least about him going into the book and I was impressed with him as a leader and person. An awesome read.
  • Alisa
    Great book! Doris Kearns Goodwin has written a compelling treatise on leadership using four Presidents she has studied intimately as the central characters: Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson. For each President she describes their formative years and the forces that shaped their personal attributes, illustrates the role that adversity played early in their careers, and how they assumed the mantle as leaders ...
  • Joseph Sciuto
    What a wonderful, wonderful book by the brilliant Doris Kearns Goodwin. Over the last couple of decades and especially now, I have asked myself, "Where have you gone George Washington, Abe Lincoln, T.R., Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Harry Truman and in a sense "Leadership in Turbulent Times" by Mrs. Goodwin has answered that question. They having gone anywhere, but apparently the leadership in our country has refused to study and emulate these ...
  • Jenna (Bookiemoji)
    Brilliant. I learned something about each president in their respective chapters. But became a bit muddled and long-winded when the author spoke by topic in the later half of the book and jumped between each president, sometimes mid-thought. Regardless, this is a very important book that I see doing well upon release. It’s a sad read, too, as it inadvertently highlights those things that are lacking in our current “leadership”.
  • Alan Tomkins-Raney
    Goodwin, a gifted writer and esteemed historian, structured this book as a series of case studies in presidential leadership. Her subjects for our consideration are Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson. The book is divided into three sections. The first two sections read more like standard mini-biographies as they discuss first, each man's ambition and recognition of his own leadership potential, and ...
  • Teri
    Doris Kearns Goodwin profiles four past presidents who endured tumultuous times during their administrations. Abraham Lincoln had to work through warring factions in the US to see the Emancipation Proclamation become law. Teddy Roosevelt had to deal with a miners strike. FDR took over the country during the depression, seeing multiple programs and projects instituted for his New Deal to come to fruition to stabilize the country's economy. Lyndon ...
  • Robert Booth
    Excellent! One of the best books that I have read in a long time.
  • Helga Cohen
    In Leadership, Goodwin explores leadership qualities from four presidents she has studied most closely. Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, Theodore Roosevelt during the coal strike, Franklin Roosevelt during his first 100 days, and Lyndon Johnson in civil rights. She explores how they recognize leadership qualities within themselves and how they were recognized as leaders by others. We see how they entered public life and how they were filled ...
  • Dawn Michelle
    I do not recommend power reading this book like I just did [I got how the chapters were set up wrong and so I had A LOT more book than I realized to listen to and would have started MUCH earlier if I had been better prepared since I am seeing the author tomorrow at an author event and my brain is now mush]. I recommend taking each chapter a day at a time and reading/listening to this nice and slow. Because, like all Doris Kearns Goodwin, there is...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Doris Kearns Goodwin breathes life into material that she's mined before. This audio version benefits from the contribution of four well known actors, each representing a president she had researched in depth (i.e., Beau Bridges reads the sections on LBJ). Since that research was so immersive, she came to think of Lincoln, T. Roosevelt, FD Roosevelt and LBJ as "her guys," and what each had in common was the power to lead the country in times of c...
  • John of Canada
    It,s appropriate that Goodwin spent so much of this discussing the story telling methods of Lincoln and TR.The research in this book was exemplary,but what really made this such a good book to me was that I felt as if I was sitting in a room with her listening to her tell stories about these four great men.I am interested in history,even more so as it is told by fabulous writers like Doris.I also learned a lot of new words!
  • Dan Graser
    With characteristic erudition and thoroughness, Doris Kearns Goodwin achieves an answer to the main questions she was asking with this book:“Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the leader make the times or do the times make the leader?”She centers this extensive answer around four different types of leaders who happen to share the distinction of having been elected ...
  • Joe
    Another masterpiece from Doris Kearns Goodwin. This should be required reading for anyone thinking of entering politics or who aspires to a leadership position. It makes me want to read more on all four Presidents (Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, and LBJ), and that's the sign of a great book. It's also a great primer if you've never delved into Presidential biographies before. A great, great read.
  • Diana Long
    23. Historian, the author of this work takes a closer look into the Presidency of four very different men who led our nation,A. Lincoln, T. Roosevelt, F.D. Roosevelt and L.B. Johnson. Two were Vice Presidents who became Presidents due to assassinations, two would die in office, two were from backgrounds of privilege but all of them left their mark in the History of the United States. They weren't always appreciated during their time, they weren't...
  • Anna
    A well thought out multi-person biography with an emphasis on leadership styles and skills of four different presidents: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson. Goodwin personally knew Johnson and that shows, not only in the personal anecdotes but in a more balanced reading of his character, leadership style and presidency while the other three tend to be perhaps overly laudatory. All the stories are inspiring...
  • Diego
    Doris Kearns Goodwin is a great writer and storyteller. This was my first book by her and I really enjoyed it. The book isn’t likely new material for those that have read her previous large books, but I like how she extracted the specific stories of these four presidents and identified their great leadership capabilities. Her personal experiences with Lyndon Johnson had me hooked despite being short. I’m sure she had more to tell but that wou...
  • Jo Ann
    I am always so impressed with the thorough manner in which Goodwin researches, and writes, about her subjects, and this book is impressive as well. It's a fascinating look at the 2 Roosevelt presidents, Lincoln, and Johnson, and comparisons and differences between what made them tick, what their motivations, strengths, weaknesses, were. Well done!
  • Ericka Clouther
    This is a very enjoyable read about Lincoln, the two Roosevelts, and Johnson. I'm not sure if I learned specific things about leadership, but I loved reading about how these Presidents fought for the rights of the poor and minorities.
  • Pam
    I enjoyed listening to this book read by different excellent readers for each president. The author has such a vast knowledge about Lincoln, Johnson, and both Roosevelts which made this an insightful look into presidential leadership.
  • Maureen Grigsby
    I forgot, until I read the opening pages of this book, what a fascinating storyteller Doris Kearny’s Goodwin is!!! The book is a wonderful exploration of the leadership of the presidency at pivotal points in our history. She describes the traits of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Toosevelt, Franklin D Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson and how they succeeded in fundamentally changing life for Americans in their time and for future times. Really liked this on...
  • Bob
    Summary: A study of how four presidents led the nation during turbulent times, tracing their awakening leadership ambitions, the adversity that formed their character, and lessons from how they led.What distinguishes great leadership from the ordinary or the mediocre? Are leaders born or made? Are leaders great because of, or in spite of, their times? For answers to these and other questions about leadership, many have studied different U.S. Pres...