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President's Message

Steve WileyIf you are feeling stressed at this very moment, raise your hand. I'm guessing that if you are a "Type A" personality, as many leaders are, your hand — at least metaphorically — is up.

Now take a deep breath and relax because a new study published in the January issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests "One Type A Characteristic Lowers Stress." — Read that article here.

Here's how: Taina Hintsa and her colleagues at the University of Helsinki analyzed the relationship between Type A behavior and work stress in 752 Finnish workers. They broke Type A behavior into four areas — leadership, aggression, being "hard-driving," and eagerness-energy.

Although these characteristics were linked to "effort-reward imbalance" — a key contributor to work stress—executives who scored high in terms of their leadership skills actually had lower work stress. And the reason seems obvious once you hear it. Researchers found that leaders have both high work effort and high work reward. They also believe that leaders have high job control and that that may help alleviate work stress.

So I encourage you to embrace your leadership skills and lower your stress level. My bet is that when you do, it'll not only lower your own stress — but will improve the work environment for everyone in your office.

Read on in this month's newsletter to learn about our work with the Lincoln Leadership Academy, how President Lincoln has become a fan of Twitter, and mark your calendar for some upcoming important dates.

Here's to a great 2010!

Steven B. Wiley, president & founder
The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg, www.lincolnleadershipinstitute.com

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Steve Wiley takes Frederick by storm

Lincoln Leadership Institute founder explains how communication is a key aspect of leadership

Speaking at Hood College as part of Frederick City's Keynotes program this month, Steven Wiley explained to a packed house that North America may be a leader in some aspects of the world, but its people can be better leaders.

frederick news post"Wiley noted the atmosphere of 'me', where people think everything should be seen only to benefit themselves," wrote reporter Ed Waters Jr. in an article following the event for the Frederick News Post. (Read that article here)

Waters explained that Wiley's speech seemed to impact the crowd — particularly his comment that: "People in other parts of the world often speak two or three languages, yet most Americans speak only one. North Americans are also impatient, something that is not conducive to a relationship. We don't listen, we are simply waiting to speak."

Richard Griffin, director of the city's economic development office who organized the event and introduced Wiley, said: "The recession has left us trying to do more with less. Inspirational leadership during these challenging times is indeed important."

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Reaching out to the Lincoln Leadership Academy

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On January 29, Steven B. Wiley and the Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg will be hosting an event for the faculty and staff of the Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School to help teachers get a better understanding of one of the case studies in our Transformational Journey from Gettysburg program.

"We are excited to be hosting the Academy's 40 staff members since we know how important the work they are doing with their students is," says Wiley.  In fact, Steve and the Institute feel it is so important that they are inviting 25 student leaders from the school to Gettysburg in April to experience the same leadership program enjoyed by many of the nation's top executives. Stay tuned for details in upcoming issues.

Steven Wiley will be featured speaker at the Iowa Vistage Leadership Speaker Series in February

LincolnVistage International, the world's leading CEO membership organization, has invited Steven B. Wiley to present his Lessons from Gettysburg program at the February 3 Iowa Vistage Leadership Speaker Series in Des Moines.

"I had the privilege of attending the Lincoln Leadership Institute in December and not only was it a profound learning experience, I also witnessed first-hand the passion and power that Steve Wiley brings to his presentation," says Margaret Dixon, chair of the Vistage organization in Greater Des Moines. "My purpose as a Vistage Chair is to increase the effectiveness and enhance the lives of chief executives and part of my mission is to contribute to leadership development in this community. I am very excited to provide the opportunity for leaders in Des Moines to experience Steve's message."

In February, Dixon says Wiley will provide an explosively powerful multimedia experience that will forever enhance attendees' insight into leadership, followership and organizational effectiveness.

 "The challenges that were present in 1863 are still present in all of our organizations today," Dixon adds. "I'm looking forward to Steve Wiley helping us to understand how to be better leaders in a rapidly changing, stressful environment, with limited information and limited resources."

For details and more information, click here.
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The Power of Tweeting History

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In a recent article in the Herald Journal News, reporter Arie Kirk tells the world about one of our favorite tweeters, TwHistory.  TwHistory allows participants to essentially re-live historical re-enactments in 140-character tweets.  Organized by Marion Jensen, a doctoral student in the Utah State University's instructional technology program, daily tweets featuring the events of the day are sent out –almost to the moment – of important historical events.

Jensen and other volunteers recently tweeted the entire Battle of Gettysburg, and the events leading up to it, using primary source documents such as journals and letters. Acting as historical figures, Jensen and his team recreated the events that took place here with tweets from President Abraham Lincoln, Civil War soldiers and others, for whom they have set up Twitter accounts.

"I see it as a great way to learn history because you're looking at original source documents," explains Jensen.  Future projects include tweeting the 1847 journey made by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the 18-month trek undertaken by Lewis and Clark.

If you are on Twitter, sign up to follow TwHistory here: http://twitter.com/TwHistory

Read Arie Kirk's article here.

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Best Tourist Questions

270 inc.The Lincoln Leadership Institute's battlefield guide, Bob Prosperi, recently spoke to a reporter from AOL Travel about the quirkiest questions he's gotten as a guide. During his years spent working as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg National Military Park and as a Park Ranger, he says his favorite questions included:

Why were so many Civil War battles fought in National Parks?
Were many of the monuments damaged during the battle?  
And his favorite: How much does it cost to see the free movie?

Of course, Prosperi knows tourists are curious, tired, and just love walking around the sacred battlefields — so he's always willing to cut them a little slack.

"Expect Gettysburg"

In a January 15 blog posting entitled "Expect Gettysburg", CNN Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen writes:

"Yesterday I flew to Port-au-Prince along with a team of medical doctors from the University of Miami. As the sun set and we made our descent, I asked the physician on the plane with the most experience working in Haiti, Dr. John MacDonald, what to expect.

Lincoln"Expect Gettysburg," he said.

"What?" I asked.

"Expect Gettysburg," he repeated. "You know, the kind of medicine they practiced in the Civil War."

Once I arrived, I saw what MacDonald meant.

Read the posting here.

To make a contribution to help the earthquake victims in Haiti click here.

Copyright 2010, The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg

Newsletter by Inkandescent Public Relations
Writing by Hope Katz Gibbs, president & founder; Copyediting by Patricia Gray
Design by Jessica Dean, publisher/designer of Celebrate Gettysburg magazine