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Strong teams don't happen by accident. When engaged in the process of team building, an effective leader knows how to set aside their ego, communicate clearly with team members, and invest in productive delegating.

Great leaders also know where to look for inspiration. Much can be gleaned from studying the leadership styles and team-building strategies of historic leaders, from Abraham Lincoln to FDR. United States presidents serve as high-profile team leaders, and the individual members of their administrations work as team players oriented toward a common goal. To learn from some from their experiences, we'll tap the mind of one of the great presidential historians of our time, Doris Kearns Goodwin.