Cooperation rather than Coercion

No Ordinary Time – Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II by Doris Kearns Goodwin is a wonderful historical read.

FDR’s mobilization of the United States in helping the Allies and preparing the United States for war before our entry into World War II was a tremendous challenge. How did he bring industry and labor together? How did he convince industry to change their product from civilian goods to armaments? 

The answer is articulated on page 55, “Roosevelt’s stress on cooperation rather than coercion.”

FDR knew what influential leaders know, namely, that the art of influence is to induce a person to influence himself. Coercion never accomplishes this.

As Benjamin Franklin said to King George III after the passage of the Stamp Act—that led to the Creation of the United States—”You cannot coerce someone into changing his mind.”