Rev. Jesse Jackson and Leadership Analytical Essay by Nicky

Rev. Jesse Jackson and Leadership
This paper discusses the Reverend Jesse Jackson as an archetypal black leader.
# 145451 | 1,560 words | 5 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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In this article, the writer discusses that with the installation of the nation's first African-American chief executive, archetypal black leaders of the 20th century such as Reverend Jesse Jackson have much to celebrate. The writer maintains that it must have seemed like an uphill battle the entire way, and many observers believed it would never happen in their lifetimes, but the trends are clear and the United States has apparently turned a fundamental corner in its efforts to overcome the ugly face of racism and bigotry in this country. These achievements are due in large part to the relentless efforts of black leaders such as Jackson and this paper examines his life and times to identify specific leadership traits and characteristics that have made him such an effective and successful leader. A summary of the research and important findings are presented in the conclusion.

Review and Discussion
Brief Biography of Jesse Jackson
Table 1. Highlights of Jackson's Leadership Career
Historical Context of Jackson's Life.
How Where this Person Lived Influenced His Leadership Qualities.
What Actions the Leader Took to Help Enact Change
An Argument For Why This Leader Was Successful
What Positive Leadership Qualities Does Jackson Possess?

From the Paper:

"As noted above, Jackson grew up in the Deep South during a turbulent and formative period in American history when the Civil Rights movement was in its infancy and no one was certain about where it would all lead. In this environment, it would not be surprising to find some leaders more concerned about their own personal welfare than the ultimate goals of the larger society, but Jackson persevered through it all to emerge as a prominent world leader in his own right in the 21st century. Outspoken and not without his detractors, Jackson has nevertheless managed to overcome many of the firmly entrenched institutionalized that have characterized the social order in his home state of South Carolina and elsewhere in the South."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Henderson, A. (2001). 'Jesse Jackson.' Contemporary Black Biography, 27 in Jesse Jackson, a biography at
  • House, J.M. & Aviolo, B.J. (1992, May). The ethics of charismatic leadership: Submission or liberation? The Academy of Management Executive, 43-54.
  • House, E. R. (1988). Jesse Jackson and the politics of charisma: The rise and fall of the Push/Excel Program. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
  • Levy, P. B. (1992). Let freedom ring: A documentary history of the modern Civil Rights Movement. Westport, CT: Praeger.
  • Monroe, S. (2006, November). Does the Rev. Jesse Jackson still matter? Fresh from his historic trip to the Middle East and celebrating his 65 birthday, is the tireless 'reverend' out of touch or more relevant than ever? Ebony, 62(1), 170-171.

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