What Makes a Good Political Leader


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This Presentation Contains information obtained from a Leadership Survey that was conducted from 11/11/2010 to 11/15/2010 to obtain information on political leadership. The survey was presented to 12 users within the peers and outsiders between the given time frames. The results of this survey will enable the understanding of what type of leadership style or qualities a political leader need to posses.

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What Makes a Good Political Leader

  1. 1. Results for the Leadership QuestionnaireWhat Makes a Good Political Leader Presenter Samanga Amarasinghe
  2. 2. Introduction This survey was conducted between the dates 11/11/2010 to 11/15/2010, the researcher to obtain information on political leadership. The survey was presented to 12 users within the peers and outsiders between the given time frames. The results of this survey will enable the understanding of what type of leadership style or qualities a political leader need to posses. 2
  3. 3. Summary Of the 12 people the survey was sent 10 has responded or 90% of responders. Overall result of the survey indicates that a political leader must possess a more transformational leadership style than a transactional. The results also indicates that a political leader should exercise balanced fox lion approach as advised by Machiavelli. 3
  4. 4. The style of the Survey The survey consist of 10 questions which address different aspects of leadership as Styles, leadership decision making, leadership attitude, and leadership ethics. The first 4 question is in multiple questions format with yes or no answers. The questions 5, 6 and 9 consist of choosing the best answers. 4
  5. 5. The style of the Survey and Analysismethod The questions 7 and 8 again follow the multiple choice questionnaire format where the user can give a yes or no answer. During the analysis of the received data in obtaining information such as totals and percentages of the given answers the data was broken into two segments as questions . 5
  6. 6. Data Analysis method cont. Of the broken segments 1st segment is questions 1-7 including questions 8 and 10 as they are all multiple question style. The 2nd segment consist of questions 5, 6 and 9 as they all have an answer consisting of the best possible choice. 6
  7. 7. Question 1 Does someone doing the right thing at an appropriate time make the person a leader? 7
  8. 8. Question 2 Is prior experience a must, in order to be a good leader at any given time? 8
  9. 9. Question 3 Can an introvert be a good leader? 9
  10. 10. Question 4 Is civil disobedience a part of being a leader? 10
  11. 11. Question 5 From the list bellow select one whom you consider to be a great leader 11
  12. 12. Question 6 Of the two leadership styles listed bellow select one that you consider to be the best for a politician? 12
  13. 13. Question 7 Is it true that or false that “A leader must be a fox and a lion”? 13
  14. 14. Question 8 Is it true that or false that a leader must be the ultimate servant and not the master? 14
  15. 15. Question 9 Where does a political leader’s authority originate? 15
  16. 16. Question 10 Did President Harry Truman do the right thing by dropping the Atomic bomb in Hiroshima & Nagasaki as means of ending the war in 1945? 16
  17. 17. Overall results of the surveySegment one 17
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  19. 19. Comparison of Good PoliticalLeaders Based on Question 5 a good observation was made on who does the majority considered to be of a great leader.The observation indicate Martin Luther King Jr. To be of a great leader,in comparison to the other selected leaders. 19
  20. 20. Machiavelli and Politics  Machiavelli advise a leader to be cunning as a fox and bold and brave as a lion.Based on this result gives a clear indication to how a politician should a balancedAs a fox and a lion. 20
  21. 21. Transformational or Not Based on Question 6, Being one of the most primary leadership styles transformational as observed by the responders to be used by a politician 21
  22. 22. Rule by fear or by love Adolf Hitler the chancellor of Germany between 1933-1945, led Germany with fear, also Alexander the great occupied nations through war, based on the response to question 6 on who is a great leader, led by love was more encouraged than lead by fear. 22
  23. 23. Conclusion The best form on leadership style observed is the Transformational Leadership style The best method for a politician to leader is being ethical and following servant leadership. Any one has the capability to be a political leader as long as they are leaders deep within. 23
  24. 24. Success of the Survey Despite the limitations the survey was a success in obtaining the desired information as to what type of style and methods should a political leader posses. The turnout of the survey in comparison to the responders the survey was sent to 90% response was granted. 24
  25. 25. Success of the Survey Cont. Was able to obtain basic information with regards to the survey questions. The survey gave back answers which the researcher didn’t anticipate mainly when it came to the question of who is a good leader. 25
  26. 26. Problems of the Survey The participation was an even number hence, the information obtain was limited in variety. Ten question gives a limit to a keen observation on a subject as Political leadership which engulfs all aspect of leadership. Diversity was not used, such as obtaining the views based on Nationality, Gender, and Occupation. 26
  27. 27. Problems of the Survey Cont. Due to the limitation of the participants and the Limitation in the amount of questions to be presented limited the ability to observe the survey question deeper 27
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