Eleanor Roosevelt as a Leader

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Heroes and leaders have long had a popular following in literature and in our own imaginations. From Odysseus in ancient Grecian times to May Parker in Spider-man Two, who states, “We need a hero, courageous sacrificing people, setting examples for all of us. I believe there’s a hero in all of us, that keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble” (Raimi, 2004). Organizations need heroes, too. We call them organizational leaders. The study of organizational leadership, then, is really the study of what makes a person a successful hero. Or, what processes, constructs, traits, and dynamics embody the image of a successful leader. One very successful leader, who was also a hero in the popular press, was Eleanor Roosevelt.…show more content…
27). One relationship leaders develop is a hierarchical group of followers, with an “in-group” getting better assignments, more communication, and a higher level of regard than the outer group. Her in-group followers were a few female reporters. Two women in particular, Lorena Hickok and Nancy Cook, became close friends and often stayed with Eleanor on the Roosevelt estate. These women “demonstrate that attitudinal similarity is an important influence on leader-follower interactions” (Pierce and Newstrom, 2008, p. 27) since they shared Eleanor’s desire to embrace women as equal members of society. Eleanor Roosevelt also exemplifies the concept of trust leadership. As a somewhat radical First Lady, she targeted women with her media campaign. Women, who worked inside the home, often isolated from others in rural areas, accepted this new version of their First Lady and became her in-group. As she gained their trust with radio broadcasts and her daily column, “My Day,” she then intrigued a larger audience, mostly male, to accept her as a social and political leader (Eleanor Roosevelt, n.d.) (Pierce and Newstsrom, 2008, p.29). Unlike her husband, who led the nation by virtue of his office, The First Lady led the nation by virtue of her relationship with others; their trust, their psychological ties, and their acceptance of her as an equal in the political arena. How did Eleanor
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