Ronald Reagan’s actions during his presidency term from 1981 to 1989 represent many of the traits that I feel make an effective leader. As the 40thPresident of the United States, Ronald Reagan implemented numerous political and economical initiatives. Some of his economic policies included issuessuch as deregulation and substantial tax cuts in 1981. They were cleverly nicknamed “Reagonomics”. President Reagan also took a formidable opposition to organized labor, and in 1981 he ordered the striking Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) back to work. He cited their strike a “peril to national safety.” Only a small portion of the controllers returned to their duties and President Reagan demanded that the remaining controllers return to work within 48 hours or face job loss. In August, after the rest of the striking controllers refused to return to work as ordered, the President banned them from federal service for life. In October of the same year, the union decertified. During his first term in office, President Reagan managed to survive an assassination attempt. He was reelected to his second term of office in 1984 by an astonishing record of votes. Several terroristevents occurred during the President’s eight years in office. Reagan had taken great stride in saying that Americans would never negotiate with terrorists. He negotiated with Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987 to reduce both countries arsenals of nuclear weapons. During this time the two political leaders signed the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Both events were milestones for any President at the time. The growing relationship between Reagan and Gorbachev created a bond, which eventually led Gorbachev to institute a new spirit of openness and laid the structure for the downfall of the Soviet Union in the proceeding term of President George HW Bush. Good leadership requires certain traits. Some of these traits...
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