Chapter 9: Presidential Leadership
The president of the United States
is an extremely powerful person. As the commander-in-chief
of our armed forces, the president has the authority to direct
our nation's military. Chapter 9 discusses the changing powers
of the president over time and the leadership qualities important
to the success of the president.
Section 1 deals with the
various powers of the president and how they have evolved.
Working within the confines of the Constitution, presidents
have used their inherent powers to meet the needs of the changing
nation. For example, Roosevelt used the power of the presidency
to expand the federal government's role in a time of economic
crisis by creating additional government programs and services.
Section 2 introduces the
roles of the president as they are defined in the Constitution
and the additional roles that have been added. Key terms such
as executive order, impoundment, reprieve, pardon, amnesty,
patronage, treaty, and executive agreement are used to show
how the president fulfills these roles.
Section 3 discusses the
various styles of leadership that have made presidents successful.
A few of the positive leadership qualities include the ability
to communicate, an openness to new ideas, and the ability
to compromise. The ability to communicate is especially important
for the president to explain policies clearly and to rally
support from the public.