Obama: Transformational Leader or Transactional Leader?
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This paper is based on what Robert Kuttner's and David Remnick's books (respectively "A Presidency in Peril: The Inside Story of Obama's Promise" and "The Bridge: The Rise and Life of Barack Obama") say about President Obama, his campaign, the mid-term election results and the situation of the country. The paper defines transformational and transactional leadership. The author concludes that President Obama presented himself as a transformational leader during his campaign, calling for real change and reform; however, after his election he proved to be a transactional leader by seeking consensus and maintaining the status quo.
From the Paper:"Fundamentally, Obama is more a transformational leader than a transactional leader, and that is why he got elected in 2008. But some aspects of his personality and political persona, especially his constant seek for consensus, make him look more like a transactional leader. And these latter aspects have taken over him and now shape his policy since he has been elected.
"First of all, it is obvious that during his campaign, Obama clearly presented himself as a transformational leader, calling for transformative change with an inspirational eloquence, at a moment when the financial crisis was deepening and when America needed a new leader to save it from a disaster."
Sample of Sources Used:
- The Bridge: The Rise and Life of Barack Obama, David Remnick, Knopf, 2010
- A Presidency in Peril: The Inside Story of Obama's Promise, Wall Street's Power, and the Struggle to Control our Economic Future, Robert Kuttner, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2010
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