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1 What can we learn from their leadership examples? How do we apply them to the Financial Aid profession?

2  George Washington  Abraham Lincoln  Franklin Roosevelt  Thomas Jefferson  Theodore Roosevelt  James K. Polk  Lyndon Johnson (?) What U.S. Presidents come to mind when you think of: Effective Leadership?Ineffective Leadership?  Andrew Johnson  James Buchanan  Ulysses Grant  Warren Harding  Herbert Hoover  John Tyler

3 1. Qualifications 2. Character/Work Ethic 3. Vision 4. Team Building & Communication 5. Results 6. Charisma 7. Innovation 8. Fairness 9. Intelligence 10. Crisis Management What traits do YOU feel make a “great” leader? (What qualities do you want in your supervisor?) As we discuss these traits, think of how they might apply in Financial Aid, or other leadership role in our industry…


5 2. Character/Work Ethic  Washington-Placed the needs of the public ahead of his own  Lincoln-”the little engine that knew no rest”  T. Roosevelt-The Tireless Umpire Those who needed a little work in this area:  Jefferson-A “quiet” idealist who did not play well with others.  Buchanan-the “inept busybody”  Coolidge-LOVED his naps!

6 3. Vision  Washington-Concerned about setting bad precedents  Lincoln-Kept nation together in its darkest hour  F. Roosevelt-Gave a nation hope through the Great Depression, then World War Two  Jefferson-Made a purchase against his own principles and altered the history of a nation  Wilson-Idealist with a modern world view

7 4. Team Building/Communication  Washington-Formed finest cabinet in U.S. History  F. Roosevelt-good (and bad) leader of his team. Bad Examples of Team Leaders:  Grant-Placed too much trust in his friends  Harding-Placed too much trust in his friends

8 5. Results  F. Roosevelt-Acted immediately to show he was tackling the Depression.  Polk-Set out an aggressive agenda and achieved it-in one term, as promised! Bad Examples of not producing Results:  Lyndon Johnson-Lost focus on his Great Society by waging a war in Vietnam  Andrew Johnson-Followed his own agenda leading to disastrous results

9 6. Charisma  Kennedy-Good looks and charm along with a popular First Lady (which didn’t hurt!)  Ronald Reagan-”The Teflon President”  T. Roosevelt- Oozed charisma Presidents who needed help in the area of Charisma:  Wilson-The stuffy University President  Van Buren-”The Politician’s Politician”  Too wrapped up in their profession to be an effective leader.

10 7. Innovation  Washington-The First…and had to build the Executive  F. Roosevelt-Tried EVERYTHING to defeat the Depression  Kennedy-Changed America’s Cold War strategy Bad Examples of Innovators:  Pretty much any President from 1850-1861 (Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan);  and from 1865-1897 (A. Johnson, Grant, Hayes, Arthur, B. Harrison)

11 8. Fairness  Lincoln-”With Malice towards None and Charity for All”  Truman-Gave us the Fair Deal  L. Johnson- Civil Rights & Education Legislation  T. Roosevelt-Gave us the Square Deal Leaders who were not fair to others:  A. Johnson-Worked to deny Freedmen of their rights  R. Nixon-Paranoia at the End

12 9. Intelligence  Jefferson-Most Brilliant President  Madison-Father of the U.S. Constitution  Wilson-Only President to hold a PhD The “Don’t Go Applying for MENSA just yet” group:  Harding-”There must be a book on it”  George W. Bush-”Fool Me Once…”

13 10. Crisis Management  Lincoln-Civil War (my God, you have to ask?)  F. Roosevelt-Great Depression & World War 2.  Kennedy-Cuban Missile Crisis Bad Examples of Crisis Management:  Hoover-”Prosperity is just around the Corner”  Pierce/Buchanan-It’ll work itself out…

14 Conclusions Questions Presidential Leadership Lessons What qualities have NOT been mentioned today that an effective leader should have? What can you take away from this session that you can utilize in your professional or personal lives?

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