In the March 2004 primary election, Obama won in an unexpected manner which overnight made him a rising star within the national Democratic Party, started speculation about a presidential future, and led to the reissue of his memoir, Dreams from My Father .
Keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts in July seen by 9.1 million viewers.
Republican opponent Jack Ryan withdraws from the general election, later Alan Keyes accepted the Illinois Republican Party's nomination to replace Ryan.
In the November 2004 general election, Obama won with 70% of the vote and sworn as Senator on January 4, 2005.
President Obama actually made transparency a priority and published the first ever White House blog .
He has also led live question-and-answer sessions
Office of Urban Affairs – America’s low-income and crime-ridden cities are now getting the attention they deserve.
The Obama administration created this office in the White House to serve America’s struggling cities. From the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, $2 billion will be allocated to Byrne Grants, which funds anti-gang and anti-gun task forces
Forests – More than 2 million acres of forest land, thousands of miles of rivers and multiple national parks have been put under federal protection.
The Automobile Industry- President Obama wants to raise the car mileage from 25 mpg to 35.5 by 2016. The structural changes, managerial reorganization and cuts in employment helped pave the way for a more efficient Automobile industry.
Embryonic Stem Cell Research – President Obama lifted the Bush-era restrictions on federal funding for this research, the first patient is being treated for their partially paralyzed spine.
There are many other challenges as he mentioned in one of his speeches:
"Our nation is at war. Our economy is in crisis. Millions of Americans are losing their jobs and their homes. They're worried about how they'll afford college for their kids or pay the stack of bills on their kitchen table," he said.
"And most of all, they are anxious and uncertain about the future -- about whether this generation of Americans will be able to pass on what's best about this country to our children and their children," he said.
President Obama, who demonstrates the archetypes Conceiver, Transformer and Healer, will need to master the strengths of his passions while at the same time managing the vulnerabilities of each.
Obama thrives in change. The chaos of current world environment is a playing field that invites Transformational Leader to construct a better future and empower others in working towards it. As a transformer, he is doing well with bringing changes and taking people with him.
“ President Barack Obama admitted in an interview aired on Friday that he focused on policies but failed to rally people behind those initiatives, leading to Republicans' big gains in congressional elections this week.”
The country has invested billions in health information technology, education, energy efficiency, state and local governments, and broadband technology. He has set a new tone for American foreign policy and repaired shattered relationships. And despite criticisms that he is a “tax and spend liberal,” one-third of his economic stimulus package went for tax cuts.
He has delivered on his promise to employ technology as a public-sector game changer.
He has set up Recovery, pushed new standards for transparency and accountability and placed more government data online than any other president. With these and other innovations, he is on course to become America’s first truly digital president.
They say "you can't ride two horses at the same time because you only have one behind". Right now President Obama is trying to ride multiple horses at the same time and the result is a lack of focus and direction.
Leaders who engage talent gets the short-term hard work done while maintaining high esprit de corps. Obama has mastered this skill..
He created a national network of organizers and led that "talent" not just by inspiring support or cooperation, but by building a devoted fan base that would put their lives on hold for the sake of his mission
4) Be a Human Capital Developer: Build the Next Generation
GRADE – INCOMPLETE
When leaders build the next generation, they pay attention to building the skills necessary not for the short term but for the future. Obama is laying the groundwork for next generation skills, development in climate change, healthcare, infrastructure development and a host of other areas. It's too soon to give him a grade. Small business leaders in particular are nervous about where he might go
5) Be Personally Proficient: Invest in Yourself
GRADE – A
Leaders must invest in their intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical improvement in order to deal with the demands of leadership
Obama himself was the story of leadership as change. Anyone who read his 1994 autobiography was introduced to a person always willing to question his own beliefs and talents and constantly strive to improve himself.
After two years in office, it's clear that Obama has many of the character attributes of a great leader but has not yet delivered results. People are still hopeful that he can narrow his agenda and choose some clearer priorities that can be executed.