America: A Country in Search of a Leader = Elections, 2008

Management Online REview, May 2008

3 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2008 Last revised: 30 Oct 2008

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Barbara Pfeffer Billauer

Institute of World Politics; International Program in Bioethics, U. of Porto; Foundation for Law and Science Centers, Inc.

Date Written: May 2008

Abstract

Oratorical talent and the ability to forge unity and bipartisanship have been touted as important qualifications for our next president. Many assert these traits are necessary to lead us out of our current quagmires, e.g. recession, war, and the crisis in health care. This article examines the fallacy of these claims, and suggests that oratory and peace-making abilities are cosmetic characteristics that may result in more harm than good. Some characteristics determinative of a true leader are illustrated.

Keywords: leadership, oratory, unity, bipartisanship

JEL Classification: B30, B31, C71, C72, C73, D71, D72, D74, D73, D82, D83, D84

Suggested Citation

Billauer, Barbara P., America: A Country in Search of a Leader = Elections, 2008 (May 2008). Management Online REview, May 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1115065 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1115065

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