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Ronald Reagan's Path to Successful Leadership

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Kevin Ingwersen

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Our 40th President Ronald Reagan is widely viewed as a great leader. So, by analyzing his presidency, I have come up with some attributes that made him a great leader. His path starts by looking at... The Big Picture Reagan had a general idea of what he wanted for the nation. He alone didn't decide the specifics, though. For example, when he wanted to cut programs from the federal budget, he knew what type of programs he wanted to cut, but he didn't know the specifics of how much money they took away. Reagan didn't deal with details alone because he wasn't an expert in the specific areas. But specifics do matter. In order for Reagan to not overlook the specifics, he ... Brought In The Right People Famous leaders, believe it or not, are human beings just like us; they are not an expert on everything. That's why Reagan relied greatly on his staff to help him make the right decisions. For example, when it came to dealing with issues in a foreign country, Reagan wasn't an expert on the area. So he would have his staff brief and educate him on the topic and give him their opinions on the situation. Then he could compile all the information he had to make his final decision. Also though, Reagan had to actually get stuff done, so he needed... Perseverance With the 2 party system that has developed in the U.S., it's hard to get stuff done without hard work and perseverance. Reagan figured out what he needed to do to accomplish something, and took the appropriate action to make what he wanted a reality. For example, since the majority of the House was made up of the opposite party of his own, Reagan met and consulted with House members and persuaded them to back his view. By doing this and pushing hard, he was able to make his time in office productive. Sometimes though, Reagan's decisions didn't turn out how he originally wanted them to. But the situation got better most of the time because Reagan could ... Look At The Long-Term When Reagan's ideas and programs didn't go well at first, he kept confidence in them. This is because Reagan could see success long term. For example, Reagan wanted to make arms reduction agreements with the Soviet Union. But he wanted to increase his arms production at first so the Soviets would want to negotiate since they couldn't keep up. But people were worried that the aggressive action would start a war. Also, the Soviets weren't showing signs that they were willing to negotiate. Eventually though, the Soviets started to negotiate and Reagan signed the first nuclear arms reduction agreement. Many big changes and negotiations can take a long time to fully take effect. So it can be very important for a leader to be able to see the long term effects. So by combining these qualities, you have a strong foundation for ... A GOOD LEADER Sources Sutherland, James. Up Close: Ronald Reagan. New York: Viking, 2008. Print.

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