Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Ashley Creasy

Abraham Lincoln was a complicated man, quite unlike the simple heroic perception one might have. Within this complexity, you could find quiet leadership. He said, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” That quote says exactly what he means. In his opinion, it is better to say nothing at all than to say something ridiculous and have people look down upon you. Lincoln believed that people should always think before they speak. People should hear and consider what others have to say and then reflect and respond with what they have to say. Lincoln had this quiet self confidence in him that helped to make him the great president/person he was. Having quiet self confidence means you are also a quiet leader. Being a quiet leader and having this quiet self confidence is a powerful thing and that is one of the lessons Abraham Lincoln taught the U.S. after his time in office. People with quiet self confidence and quiet leadership are people who only seek approval from those that matter, they aren't afraid to look silly, they step out of the spotlight so it can shine on others, they don't worry about things that don't matter, they prefer writing to talking, and they listen ten times more than they speak. Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was only 272 words long but it was and still is one of the greatest speeches of all time. With it being so short I believe he proved that you don't have to say much to make an impact. You just have to say the right words. Ashley Creasy Fisher High School Fisher, IL