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In this seminar, we will focus on the leadership skills, strategies, successes and failures of some of the greatest American presidents–Washington, Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, FDR, Reagan–as well as some of the most controversial–Lyndon Johnson and Nixon. We will investigate how these presidents developed as leaders before as well as after their election to the presidency. How did they determine their goals and assemble their leadership teams? How did they mobilize followers and connect with them? What challenges did they face and what principles guided them? What failures did they meet and why? Readings will include correspondence, speeches, and biographies. Students will make extensive use the Proquest data base of historical newspapers to study history as it was being made.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
three papers, several class presentations, and active participation in all discussions
LEAD 125 or permission of instructor
Leadership Studies concentrators and students with background in American history and Political Science