INVESTING IN YOU...with Arlette L.M. Jeet MBA
DESIRED LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA by Arlette L-M Jeet
In this article I present the desired leadership principles of the United States of America and demonstrate and explain their cultural relevance. I highlight eight desired leadership principles and demonstrate their cultural relevance by referencing Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan. I briefly compare Presidents Obama and Reagan. In so doing I achieve the purpose of this article which includes identifying these eight desired principle traits of leadership, demonstrating them and explaining their cultural relevance.
DESIRED LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’S CULTURE:
From my research, I have derived that the following characteristics in a leader are of great importance within the role of leadership and its principles in the United States of America. Whether these traits are actually manifested or just appear to be manifested in the lives of their leaders, is a question left to be determined.
Charismatic - as taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary is “constituting a personal magic of leadership arousing special popular loyalty or enthusiasm for a public figure (as a political leader).”
Popular - as taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary is “suitable to the majority”
Appears to be an Extrovert - which is appearing as “one who has a personality characterized by extroversion; broadly: a gregarious and unreserved person. Whilst extroversion is the act, state, or habit of being predominantly concerned with and obtaining gratification from what is outside the self.”
Appears Knowledgeable – appears to be “possessing or showing a great deal of knowledge, awareness, or intelligence” [taken from the Encarta Dictionary].
Appears to have a heart of service to followers – appears to be one who leads by serving others [taken from Dr. Kathleen Patterson’s ‘Servant Leadership and the Power of Service’].
Appears to be Respectful of others - “showing appropriate deference and respect” [taken from the Encarta Dictionary].
Capable – “good at a particular task or job or at a number of different things, possessing the qualities needed to do a particular thing” [taken from the Encarta Dictionary].
Competent – “having enough skill or ability to do something well” [taken from the Encarta Dictionary].
DEMONSTRATE AND EXPLAIN THE CULTURAL RELEVANCE OF THESE DESIRED LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES:
One may note the number of times the word “appears” is used above. This indicates that perception of leaders by their followers plays an important role in the desired leadership principles in the culture of the United States of America.
Using the US President Barack Obama as an example, one sees that he ‘appears’ to have all of the first 6 leadership principles that I mentioned however he, according to Fox and CBN News, has fallen in popularity over the two years of his term in office thus far. Furthermore according to the growing economic distress of the populace, he is being perceived as incapable to do the job.
He is showing himself as only having appeared to possess the leadership skills necessary to be a preferred leader yet by making deals that continuously benefit overseas nations, such as investing in off-shore drilling in a South American oil company whilst disallowing the same type of drilling within the United States in 2011. Such a move forced oil company jobs to be moved elsewhere, to places other than the USA. This occurred during a time of high unemployment and economic depression and did nothing to alleviate his followers’ fears or unemployment needs.
However on CBN news network January 18th 2011 President Obama was reported as having a turnaround in popularity polls as it was shown that 54% of persons who voted, had confidence in his abilities. This takes us back to my second point which is popularity. Leaders in the United States rely upon popularity as a measurement. When he realized he was losing popularity just as President Bill Clinton had been, he changed his tactics to focus on domestic policies which gives the appearance that he cares about his followers and are seeking their best interests and has resulted in a poll such as reported on January 18 2011 and highlighted above.
One has to question whether President Obama is really looking out for his own self interests rather than those of his followers. It seems that he cleaned up his act when the polls were showing that he had lost public confidence as well as when the House was basically taken over by the Republicans in the November 2010 election.
Comparing Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan is an interesting feat. It may even be concluded that Ronald Reagan in fact and in actuality personified all of the above eight leadership characteristics which in this paper constitute the principles of leadership that are desired in North American culture. Furthermore not only did Ronald Reagan appear to possess these requisite qualities that constitute DESIRED LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES OF THE NORTH AMERICAN (USA) CULTURE, he also in fact did possess them.
His two terms in office has now become an example for all leaders and Presidents who have come after him. Bill Clinton [Democrat], attempted to emulate Ronald Reagan [Republican], when he realized public confidence in him was rapidly decreasing. Even President Obama [Democrat] has begun to model himself after the Republican Reagan, in an effort to retain and increase his popularity in the public’s opinion. This has been solidified during the January 25th 2011 State of the Union Address. Even the media on ABC as well as Fox News have analyzed that Barack Obama has in fact attempted to emulate Ronald Reagan.
It is hereby submitted that when the present President attempts to emulate Ronald Reagan who personified all 8 elements characterizing the principles of leadership as I have espoused above, this surely supports the view that I have taken in this paper and clearly illustrates that my analysis is indeed factual.
In this article I have clearly presented the desired leadership principles of the United States of America and demonstrated and explained the cultural relevance. I have achieved this by highlighting eight leadership principles and demonstrating their cultural relevance by referencing Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan. My comparison of Presidents Obama and Reagan further indicates that I have in fact identified these eight desired principle traits of leadership, demonstrated them and explained their cultural relevance.
Arlette L-M Jeet
Arlette L-M Jeet
CBN News Network – programming for January 18th 2011
Fox News Network – programming on President Barak Obama inclusive of and not limited to January 25, 2011 State of the Union Address.
Bekker, Cornelius, J. 2007. Kenotic Leadership
Winston, Bruce. 2006. Seven beatitudes
Patterson, Kathleen. 2006. Servant Leadership
Winston, Bruce. 2009. Contemporary Leadership
The White House – information on Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama