November 25, 2009

Is 'action centered' leadership theory more relevant than examining leadership qualities such as humility and integrity? The case of leadership style of former US Pres. George W Bush (2001 -2005)


During March 2001, the Bush administration announced that it would not implement the Kyoto, international treaty signed in 1997 that would require nations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, claiming that ratifying the treaty would create economic setbacks in the U.S. and does not put enough pressure to limit emissions from developing nations. In February 2002, Bush announced his alternative to the Kyoto Protocol; by bringing forth plan to reduce the intensity of greenhouse gasses by 18 percent over 10 years. The intensity of greenhouse gasses specifically is the ratio of greenhouse gas emissions and economic output, meaning that under this plan, emissions would still continue to grow, but at a slower pace. Bush stated that this plan would prevent the release of 500 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, which is about the equivalent of 70 million cars from the road. In November 2004, Bush administration officials asked the UN to allow US industries to use an additional 458 tons of methyl that was slated for elimination by the 1987 on Substances that Deplete ozone. July 2005, Environment agency decided to delay the release of an annual report on fuel economy. Evidence suggests that the administration's decision to delay the report's release was because of its potential to affect Congress's upcoming final vote on an energy bill six years in the making, which turned blind eye to fuel economy regulations.

The above points is a concrete evidence that George W. Bush focuses on action centered leadership rather than mere humility and integrity, in action centered leadership, three important points are a part and George W. Bush manifests the three points of task, individual and team. Bush was a motivational leader and he did that through encouraging his followers to always have faith in God so that, they are guided in the things that matter to them the most, Bush motivated individuals and teams in his government and Bush behave in certain ways such as time schedules, the availability of resources and general working conditions. In the work environment strong informal groups can form as a result of social needs, Bush respond to these needs by encouraging teamwork and by encouraging after hours social events.

Indeed, Bush respond to the motivation by offering independence from the usual constraints, by offering promotion to positions of control. Opportunities to develop job competencies such as training courses, professional qualifications, etc. are used to satisfy this motivation. Yes, 'action centered' leadership theory more relevant than examining leadership qualities such as humility and integrity why? Because it is inclined to the process by which person influences others to accomplish an objective and directs the organization that makes it cohesive and coherent. In the case of former Pres. George W. Bush as a leader, he carry out action based process by applying effective attributes, values, ethics, character, knowledge as well as skills. George W. Bush supported change and innovation of the US in such humanitarian missions and development working with other leaders in a matter of action. For without action rooted leadership, there is no change achieved and that integrity and humility can be nonsense without leadership acted out and acted upon thus, as much as possible the latter qualities have to be balanced and well coordinated along with standards and norms to give service to others.

For instance, George W. Bush is one of history's great confidence men. That is not meant in the huckster's sense, though many critics claim that on the war in Iraq, the economy and a few other matters he has engaged in some manner of bait and switch, believer in the power of confidence. George W. Bush and his team have constructed a high-performance electoral engine. The soul of this new machine is the support of millions of likely voters, who judge his worth based on intangibles, character, certainty, fortitude and godliness rather than on what he says or does. The deeper the darkness, the brighter this filament of faith glows, faith in the president and the just God who affirms him. The life of the nation and the life of Bush effortlessly merge his fortitude, even in the face of doubters, is that of the nation; his ordinariness, like theirs, is heroic; his resolve, to whatever end, will turn the wheel of history. President Bush's popularity is increased when thoughts of death or terrorism are especially salient, and this is particularly relevant to ongoing campaign strategies as the 2004 presidential election approaches and for future political campaign strategies as well. The fact that reminders of death and the events of 9/11 enhanced support for President Bush may not bode well for the philosophical democratic ideal that political preferences are the result of rational choice based on an informed understanding of the relevant issues.




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