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ACTIVITY: Leadership lessons from the Reagan years

Applications: political science, careers, leadership, social studies, history, SCANS: systems

According to reporter Del Jones, how might the late president Ronald Reagan have described greatness? What leadership lessons did the nation's 40th president teach citizens of the U.S. and around the globe?

Why was Reagan referred to as the "Teflon" president? How did Reagan's character differ from that of many corporate CEOs? How did he see right and wrong?

What is "vision"? Why is it an important leadership characteristic? Why have vision and strategy fallen out of favor in American business and government lately?

What does Paul Argenti of Dartmouth's Tuck Leadership Forum believe is the most powerful leadership tool? What does it mean to be a great communicator? Why is it important for leaders to maintain a sense of humor?

STUDENT EXTENSION: Leadership

What major events occurred during each decade of the 20th century? How might these circumstances have contributed to a presidents positive or negative approval ratings? How do wars, a poor economy, scandals and other negative situations impact people's perception of the quality of our country's leadership?

Is the president of the United States the only person who leads this country? What about members of Congress and other elected representatives or Federal Agencies? Do they have leadership roles as well? Do state governors and other officials? Why or why not?

Can you name the three branches of government that are designed to check and balance each other? Use a graphic organizer to diagram this process. Then, explain the type of leadership roles each branch contributes to our political system.

STUDENT NOTES:

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