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Transformational Leadership and Hilary Clinton

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The paper has two parts.

1. Select and describe a leader you admire (Hilary Rodman-Clinton). Using leadership theories, analyze your selected leader to identify characteristics and provide specific examples of leadership qualities you think contributed to that person's success.

2. Evaluate your own leadership style (transformational) and identify your own leadership characteristics in the same way ALONG with a plan to improve upon your leadership - which could include things like undertaking specific training, joining professional association, seeking out situations at work or as a volunteer to develop your abilities.

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Evaluate your chosen leader and yourself, based on the leadership theories.
This is a graduate program paper. Use the texts and course readings to analyze/discuss leadership style and characteristics. The texts have specific theories and models of leadership style. How does the style of your selected leader compare to such models? How do you compare to such models?
Use two peer reviewed journal article in your discussion

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The leader that I admire and have selected is Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton. She was the US Secretary of State, US Senator, and First Lady of the United States. She served during 2009 to 2013 as the 67th Secretary of State under President Obama. From the perspective of leadership theories she can be described as a "Great Man". She had the internal characteristics of a leader such as charisma, confidence, intelligence, and social skills. According to trait theories of leadership, people inherit certain qualities and traits that make them better leaders. This theory also applies to Hillary Clinton (d). She has shown exceptional traits of confidence, she has been decisive, and has controlled stress. She has also the ability to accept criticism and still be strong. According to the contingency theories of leadership, a leader must have the ability to focus on variables that are related to the environment that might determine which particular style of leadership is best suited. Hillary Clinton has the ability to focus on situations that are related to the environment. For example, during Bill Clinton's presidential campaign of 1992 there were print reports that Bill had an affair with Gennifer Flowers. In response both Bill and Hillary Clinton appeared together on TV where Bill denied the affair but acknowledged that he had caused pain in his marriage. Hillary Clinton responded to the situation. This join appearance rescued the campaign. During the same campaign, Bill claimed that the nation would get two for the price of one referring to the important role his wife would play. According to behavioral theories, great leaders are made not born. This is converse of what great man theories propose. Hillary Clinton learned leadership through observation. During the Lewinsky scandal her relationship with her husband became a subject of speculation. Hillary Clinton came out in support of her husband claiming that the charges were the result of a conspiracy to deride her husband. Even when substantive evidence was revealed, Hillary Clinton reaffirmed her commitment to their marriage. Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is the model of a successful leader. She has prospered in the face of turbulent times. She has shown resilience that cannot be matched by other leaders of our time. She survived personal and professional crisis and moved forward to authoritatively step into one of the most important political positions (e).
She has shown unmatched resiliency. When faced with Lewinsky crisis during the second term of President Clinton's office, Hilary faced humiliation and condemnation because of his infidelity. She never quit and after Clinton's presidential term, she ran for a senate seat to represent New York in Congress. In 2008, ...

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A description of two effective leadership characteristics of the female leader and two effective leadership characteristics of the male leader you selected.

Explain why each characteristic is effective for the female and male leader. Explain one way your perception of gender impacts your evaluation of the effectiveness of each leader.

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Handbook of Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination Chapter 20, "Sexism"

Article: Ayman, R., & Korabik, K. (2010). Leadership: Why gender and culture matter. American Psychologist, 65(3), 157-170.

Article: Bussey, K., & Bandura, A. (1999). Social cognitive theory of gender development and differentiation. Psychological Review, 106(4), 676-713. .

Article: Eagly, A. H. (2007). Female leadership advantage and disadvantage: Resolving the contradictions. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 31(1), 1-12. Retrieved from the

The his and hers of prosocial behavior: An examination of the social psychology of gender. American Psychologist, 64(8), 644-658.

Article: Eagly, A. H., & Chin, J. L. (2010). Diversity and leadership in a changing world. American Psychologist, 65(3), 216-224.

Article: Vinkenburg, C. J., van Engen, M. L., Eagly, A. H., & Johannesen-Schmidt, M. C. (2011). An exploration of stereotypical beliefs about leadership styles: Is transformational leadership a route to women's promotion? The Leadership Quarterly, 22(1), 10-21.

Article: Wilbourn, M. P., & Kee, D. W. (2010). Henry the nurse is a doctor too: Implicitly examining children's gender stereotypes for male and female occupational roles. Sex Roles, 62(9), 670-683.Websites

Social Psychology Network. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.socialpsychology.org

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Article: Allen, J., & Smith, J. L. (2011). The influence of sexuality stereotypes on men's experience of gender-role incongruence. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 12(1), 77-96.

Article: Killeen, L. A., Lopez-Zafra, E., Eagly, A. H. (2006). Envisioning oneself as a leader: Comparisons of women and men in Spain and the United States. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 30(3), 312-322.

Article: Nosek, B. A., Banaji, M. R., & Greenwald, A. G. (2002). Math = male, me = female, therefore math [does not equal] me. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 83(1), 44-59.

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