Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the man make the times or do the times make the man? InÂ Leadership,Â Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely--Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights)--to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves, and were recognized by others as leaders. No common pattern describes the trajectory of leadership. Although set apart in background, abilities, and temperament, these men shared a fierce ambition and a deep-seated resilience that enabled them to surmount uncommon hardships. At their best, all four were guided by a sense of moral purpose. At moments of great challenge, they were able to summon their talents to enlarge the opportunities and lives of others. This seminal work provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field. In today's polarized world, these stories of authentic leadership in times of apprehension and fracture take on a singular urgency.
Doris Kearns Goodwin'sÂ interest in leadership began more than half a century ago as a professor at Harvard. Her experiences working for LBJ in the White House and later assisting him on his memoirs led to her bestsellingÂ Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. She followed up with the Pulitzer Prize winningÂ No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. She earned the Lincoln Prize for the runaway bestsellerÂ Team of Rivals, the basis for Steven Spielberg's Academy Award winning filmÂ Lincoln, and the Carnegie Medal forÂ The Bully Pulpit, The New York TimesÂ bestselling chronicle of the friendship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.
Admission is $40 for general public and $35 for members. Each ticket includes a copy of Leadership: In Turbulent Times.