Leadership Reflection Paper
Rebecca A Steele
Instructor Gail Sabo
Date Due: February 1, 2015
Date Submitted: January 31,2015
In 2008 Barack Hussein Obama made history by winning the title of the President of the United States of America. He was the first African American to win this prestigious title. He is the 44th president of the United States and is currently the President. He won re-election for a second term in 2012. This young leader came on the scene reigniting a dream inside of the American people. His platform was the promotion of change in America. He reminded me of another American leader; Martin Luther King Jr. Obama is clearly a Charismatic leader in that he has a way of transforming his vision to his followers. When he said, “We may not get there tomorrow, but together we will get there.” I felt anything was possible listening to the speeches he made during the campaign of 2008. He was eloquent in speech. I felt he said the things I was feeling. As an African American woman I’ve often felt a sense of exclusion. As an American I felt finally a leader that speaks of equality. He spoke a resounding we are “one people.” He sold me on the prospect of change. He exhibited transformational leadership in that we all believed we were the manifestation of the dream talked about in the past. A transformational leadership is characterized by the ability to bring about significant change in followers and the organization. (Draft 2015, p 360)
A Charismatic leader is a leader who has the ability to inspire and motivate people to do more than they would normally do, despite obstacles and personal sacrifice (Draft 2015, p 361). Obama exhibits superior communication skills which are needed to become a leader. This is evident in the autobiography published in 1995, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance. His work received high praise from literary figures like Toni Morrison....