How To Resolve Conflict According to Lincoln

Posted By on November 5th

On November 9, the movie “Lincoln” opens in theaters. “Lincoln” is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Daniel Day-Lewis. The movie is receiving great reviews along with much anticipation.

As the man who led us through the division of our country, Lincoln is now recognized as a man of many skills, including conflict management. Let’s look at how to resolve conflict according to Lincoln.

Lincoln is a testament to diligence and perseverance. He failed in business twice and lost 6 political elections before being elected the 16th President of the United States.

Lincoln also teaches us a practical method for persuasion – point out the legitimacy of the other person’s perspective before explaining your own. Put yourself in their shoes and understand their wants and needs. When in conflict, the other person will be more willing to accept your perspective when you’ve recognized the legitimacy of theirs.

About the author

Keith Grossman helps individuals and businesses negotiate and manage conflict more comfortably. Keith is a Collaborative Attorney, a Family and Circuit Civil mediator certified by the Supreme Court of Florida, an Arbitrator qualified by the Florida Supreme Court, and an educator. Keith frequently lectures and facilitates training programs, works with individuals one-on-one, and writes articles on conflict management and negotiation topics. His e-workbooks, “What Is A Peace Chest?” and “How Do You Build A Peace Chest?“ are now available on Kindle.


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