Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States, created a cabinet composed mainly of rivals. His management and maintenance of this group has many similarities to the principles and practices of gestalt group process, and these will be elucidated upon with illustrative vignettes.

The greatness of Napoleon, Caesar or Washington is only moonlight by the sun of Lincoln. His example is universal and will last thousands of years.... He was bigger than his country—bigger than all the Presidents put together...and as a great character he will live as long as the world live [Tolstoy, 1909].

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