As September 11th has come and gone we looked back to that fateful day and remembered a day like no other. During this time of uncertainty, and fears of the unknown, we looked for someone to guide us. We looked for a leader that would make us feel safe again, and right the wrongs. At this time our president was George W. Bush. He led an uncertain country through one of the worst terror attacks on US soil since Pearl Harbor. How was a man that barely won the presidency able to do that? He exemplified the major leadership traits of intelligence, self-confidence, determination, integrity, and sociability.
A presidency that almost did not happen. In 2000, after a long-disputed re-count battle of Florida’s votes, “Bush narrowly won the electoral vote over Gore by 271 to 266—only 1 more than the required 270” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2019). George W. Bush did win the presidency, but not the popular vote. With most people left wondering how this happened, George W. Bush took office. It was on September 11, 2001 at about 8:50 am that would change his legacy. A legacy of one of the strongest leaders of the 21st century.
In a paper titled The Political Personality of Texas Governor George W. Bush it was revealed what leadership traits he had. This paper was from an indirect assessment of George W. Bush from the perspective of Theodore Millon (USPP, 2016). “Information concerning George W. Bush was collected from published biographical accounts and political profiles in the print media, and synthesized into a personality profile using the 2nd edition of the Millon Inventory of Diagnostic Criteria (MIDC), which yields 34 normal and maladaptive personality classifications congruent with Axis II of DSM-IV” (USPP, 2016). The MIDC found George W. Bush to be “outgoing/gregarious, dauntless/adventurous, with secondary dominant/asserting and accommodating/cooperative features” (USPP, 2016).
Northouse lists the five major leadership traits as “intelligence, self-confidence, determination, integrity, and sociability” (p.23). As we can see from Northouse list of major leadership traits and the list compiled by the MIDC, George W. Bush had most of these quality leadership traits. Of theses traits George W. Bush exhibited dauntless, dominant, assertiveness, determination, and intelligence to get the U.S. through the September attacks. Bush said we would find the person or persons responsible for the attacks, and on “October 7th, U.S.-led forces quickly toppled the Taliban government” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2019). His leadership allowed a country to start to heal, and to feel safe again. For a presidency that started with controversy, Bush had a 90 percent approval rating near the end of 2001 (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2019).
George W. Bush may not have been the popular vote for president but he ended up being the best president for the time. By Bush using his leadership traits of intelligence, self-confidence, determination, integrity, and sociability, he was able to direct the U.S. through this traumatic time in U.S. history.
Encyclopedia Britannica. (2019). George W. Bush President of United States. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/biography/George-W-Bush/Governor-of-Texas
Northouse, P. G. (2016). Leadership: Theory and Practice (7th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
USPP. (2016, July 22). Texas Governor George W. Bush’s Political Personality | USPP. Retrieved from http://personality-politics.org/the-political-personality-of-texas-governor-george-w-bush