Uncle Abe, The Great Emancipator, And The 16th President Of The Civil War

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A wise man once said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” These words come from none other than Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States of America, is often considered to be one of the greatest, most well-liked, and most well-known presidents of this country. He held a lot of power as president but he managed to avoid narcissism and remain a genuinely good person. Also known as Uncle Abe, The Great Emancipator, and The Liberator, Lincoln was a role model, a motivator, and an overall effective leader during the difficult and turbulent times of the Civil War.
Abraham Lincoln’s life was very sad which caused him to be resilient at a very young age. Lincoln
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According to the descriptions of Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries in Leaders, Fools, and Imposters, Abraham Lincoln is a “mirror” and he uses “humor as a tool” (Kets de Vries, 1993, Ch. 1, 5). The followers of Lincoln projected their desires of a once-again united country onto him in such a way that he was seen as The Liberator and The Great Emancipator. Though it is a widely unpopular belief, some believe that Lincoln just happened to be president at the time that the war was won by the armies and the citizens. Under this belief, Lincoln fixed and saved the United States solely through the citizens’ desires. In their minds, their “wishes [were replaced with] facts, and make-believe [was] substituted for reality” (Kets de Vries, 1993, p. 11). Lincoln truly became a leader because he was mirroring what his followers wanted to see. Whether or not he just happened to be president at the correct time, Lincoln still fought to protect the United States and keep them together. In addition to mirroring beliefs, he used humor in order to seem more charismatic and approachable. Especially during a time of war, humans want some form of relief or escape. Kets de Vries (1993) describes humor as “[providing] a gentle way of dealing with conflicts, [while] preventing the sudden explosion of tension” (p. 64). Lincoln used this humor in order to give the people the break from the war that they were desperately craving. He saw that they needed motivation and escape so he became a mirror and a fool in order to help them. This in turn, made him a much better

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