In addition to Theodore Roosevelt’s visionary leadership characteristics, he also depicted many ethical leadership traits. An unwavering example of this was his ability to be a critical thinker by using intellectual courage. Intellectual courage is being able to foster the ability to consider ideas that are considered absurd or different based on our viewpoints or beliefs and rationally justify them (BCEE, 2017, pg. 15). A perfect example of this attribute when Roosevelt had a “vision to increase the influence and prestige of the United States on the world and develop the country into a world power. His diplomatic maxim was to “speak softly and carry a big stick,” and he maintained that a chief executive must be willing to use force when necessary while practicing the art of persuasion” (Milkis, n.d.). During the Spanish-American war, the United States gained control of the Philippines from Spain. Roosevelt was forced to enact policy to govern the island and appointed William Taft for this position. Roosevelt was able to foresee the benefit of enacting a civil government to further the democratic process for the island (Milkis, n.d.).
When it comes to the most influential and charismatic presidents, Theodore Roosevelt fits the bill. This man lived what one would call interesting life as he explored, read and learned combat techniques. This lead him to be considered as shrewd and one of the most knowledgeable presidents anyone has ever seen. Though Teddy was very wise, presidency is no small feat for any normal man. So how did theodore roosevelt fair in this challenge of presidency?
For me to be an effective leader, I must first evaluate my strengths. I took the Gallup 2.0 Strength Finder report which showed my strengths in an insight and action planning guide. The results indicated the top five themes for me were input, learner, responsibility, maximizer and arranger. I believe the
Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt is the 26th president of the United States. He served for almost two complete terms from 1901 to 1908; one unofficial term, where he was not elected, and one official term. He wanted every citizen to be treated fair and square hence his “square deal.” He used his executive power to address problems both at home and abroad. He was a nationalist and imperialist who transformed the United States into a global power. Teddy supported Progressivism, labor reforms, civil service and social reforms, and labor movements. He used his strong executive power to promote morality and social change, which made him one of the most well-liked and vigorous presidents. His reforms struck down corrupt, big businesses controlled by the wealthy few and fought corruption to help the disadvantaged poor by improving working conditions and worker compensation. The government
would be Theodore Roosevelt was a president, father, hunter, author, and war hero. He played all these roles utilizing his hard work, integrity, and optimism that drove him to transform America. Theodore, nicknamed Teddy, made one of the greatest impacts on the United States by taking actions to reform the way people lived and ensure a successful future for the country. Teddy solved problems, and today’s problems, like global warming, is something that Teddy could solve based on his life experience and familiarity with similar situations.
Effective leaders opt to implement a specific type of leadership style as a result of their personalities and job experiences, and apply it to their organizational structure. However, that particular type of leadership style a leader utilizes may not apply to every job situation (Peak et al., 2010). In order to be an effective leader, an individual must acquire the three basic leadership skills and they are as follows: (1) human relations; (2) conceptual skills; and (3) technical skills (Haberfeld, 2013). Additionally, a skillful leader must also be proficient in motivating, communicating, and problem solving (Hess & Orthmann, 2012).
Theodore Roosevelt once said, “ Believe you can and you are halfway there.” During his time in office, he added 5 national parks to our nation, tripled the amount of forest area, created 50 wildlife refuges, wrote many books, and captured the attention of many Americans, no matter what their political party was. Theodore Roosevelt is credited with having created a modern presidency and held a number of political positions before he was thrown into office after the assassination of President McKinley. He was an environmentalist, an author, a father, a mayor, a governor, and more. During his presidency, Theodore Roosevelt transformed America, and left a lasting mark on our nation.
Whether or not you agreed with his policies Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a very effective leader. When he became president the country was in the worst economic turmoil it has ever seen. Couple that with his diagnosis of polio he received at the age of 39 that left him handicapped and leading the country when we were fighting the greatest war that has ever been fought you can see that this wasn’t a president that had the luxury of leading while the country was at peace. He had arguably one of the toughest presidencies, a presidency that required strong leadership and determination in order for the country to become successful.
Forty-three men have served the United States as the leader of this great nation. This responsibility is not an easy one. In the late 1920s, Mount Rushmore was being planned and the architect decided to include four of the forty-three presidents, then 30 to select from, that have served the United States: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. It is clear why George Washington, as the first president, Thomas Jefferson, as third president and author of the Declaration of Independence, and Abraham Lincoln, as the sixteenth president and the president during the Civil War, are forever sculpted into the side of the mountain, but why include Theodore Roosevelt? He only served for eight years, just like most presidents; there weren’t any major wars that occurred during his presidency. Theodore Roosevelt became president when President McKinley was assassinated in 1901 at the youthful age of 43. Currently, Theodore Roosevelt is the youngest man to ever call the White House his home. Most people recognize Theodore Roosevelt as a movie president. Theodore Roosevelt is constantly used as a voice of wisdom or advice in various films and television shows such as The Night at the Museum Series, Citizen Kane, and Newsies. None of these films are violent and all of them are family or child focused. Recently, President Barack Obama as the first black president has inspired filmmakers to surround black presidents with chaos. That, however, is for
The 26th president of the United States was unexpectedly promoted into the presidency following the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901. In 1899, Roosevelt gave a speech laying out a citizen’s responsibility to the nation. How willing was Roosevelt to live up to those same standards? What was Roosevelt’s vision for our nation? Roosevelt up to this point had already achieved an impressive list of accomplishments as a Harvard graduate, rancher, soldier, New York Governor and Assistant Secretary of the Navy. As
“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” Theodore Roosevelt
Americans have become used to politicians who will not go against their party’s line. Instead of having numerous free thinking elected officials who come together to ensure the welfare of society, we have two parties that control almost everything. This was not how Theodore Roosevelt led our country. He was a visionary and ethical leader. This paper explains why by describing Theodore Roosevelt’s use of visionary leadership to protect America’s natural resources by being an emotionally flexible leader and using his inspirational motivation. Theodore Roosevelt was an Ethical Leader because he put service before self by resigning from the position of Assistant Secretary of the Navy to fight in the Spanish American War and was a free thinker who went against his party to protect the welfare of society. Theodore Roosevelt has personal relevance in my development as a leader by modeling service before self and allowing me to see how I can improve my inspirational motivation. In order to understand Theodore Roosevelt as a leader, you should first know the impact of his visionary leadership.
An effective leader is someone who is passionate about their goals and knows how to motivate, inspire, and influence others to come together and work as one to reach a common goal and conduct compelling and important changes. The realization of some kind of qualitative or quantitative result because of the actions and influences of an organizations leader is essentially how to evaluate their effectiveness. The characteristics of effectiveness, of course, depend on the goals of the leader and the organization. The fundamental characteristics of what makes an effective leader are mostly universal, however, the characteristics of leader effectiveness from one organization to another may have unique
For decade’s individuals, companies, and organizations have spent an unprecedented amount of money on researching, molding, modeling and working to define what a leader is and what characteristics make successful leaders. Despite all the research, there is not a quick answer or even full agreement as to what makes an individual an effective leader. The definition of a leader is “someone who can influence others and who has managerial authority.” (Robbins, Decenzo, Coulter, 2015. P.370)