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Saturday, October 10, 2009

TED Talk: Doris Kearns Goodwin on Presidential Leadership

In my opinion, Ted.com (www.ted.com ) is one of the best sites on the Web. The best speakers/thinkers in the country lecture for about 20 minutes on “ideas worth sharing.” This week, we will follow several speakers who have messages/ideas worth hearing and sharing on issues relating to leadership.

This is the FOURTH of the series from Ted.com.

Doris Kearns Goodwin on Presidential Leadership

Famed historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin contrasts two presidents, Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. She evaluates their happiness based on a paradigm developed by a former professor of hers at Harvard, and famed psychologist, Erick Erickson. A giant of psychology and specifically personal identity, Erickson thought that a person had to live a balanced life of work, love and play and that overdoing and thus under doing any one of those would leave a person wanting in old age. Her proposition was that Lincoln followed this balance far better than Johnson. Listen to her explanation and how she came to become a historian through her love of the Boston Red Sox!

Click her for her wonderful talk.

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