Leading transformational change is a challenging and exhausting endeavor. To understand the cost and difficulty of this undertaking, quality professionals would be well served to learn from the great transformational leaders of the past. The U.S. Civil War was the single most transformative event in the history of the United States. Leaving a massive trail of death and destruction in its wake, the war swept through the nation like a massive tsunami—destroying entrenched structures and institutions that were older than the age of the republic itself. The leader who navigated the nation through this fiery trial was President Abraham Lincoln. By studying the unique characteristics and attributes of Lincoln’s leadership style during this fascinating period in American history, attendees of this session will gain a greater understanding of the difficulty and cost involved in leading transformative change as well as the leadership skills necessary to direct it.