United States Presidential Leadership Styles: Mid-Twentieth Century

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United States Presidential Leadership Styles: Mid-Twentieth Century Presidents look inward and upward to know what to do, and what makes up their inner beings, not their outer, are what really matter to the people they lead. Presidents have powerful motives, both personal and patriotic, that help them to commit to the highest office in our country even when their decisions are not popular. According to Thomas, (2012) we must try to remember that the most important decisions a President makes in a crisis, with the clock ticking, are lonely ones, and a wrong judgment about the enemy could mean destruction of thousands of lives. The Eisenhower and Kennedy presidencies in the mid-twentieth century can be evaluated to compare their effectiveness or ineffectiveness as president, contrast their leadership styles, and explain the importance of direct leadership of the President to the people of the United States. Eisenhower, the general, was honored for winning the Great War, but was most proud of not fighting one. Ike, as he was called from childhood, understood that there can be power in mystery and was known for operating by indirection, doing one thing while seeming to say another. He had an innate ability to focus on the main issue without distraction and possessed an ability to delegate responsibility trusting the people to whom he delegated. Following the French defeat in 1954, his administration blocked reunification and began to build up South Vietnam, both economically
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