Compare and Contrast Two Leaders

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This essay will compare and contrast the characteristics of two of America’s female leaders. In analysing the effectiveness of their leadership, this essay will evaluate the traits, personality, history, experience, and values of each leader. The ability to bring people together around shared beliefs and a common organisational purpose to create a sense of belonging is a prerequisite for an effective leader and will formulate the basis of defining an effective leader for the purpose of this paper.

Sarah Louise Heath Palin was named by Time Magazine as one of the world’s top leaders for 2010. As an American politician who was Governor of the state of Alaska from 2006 to July 2009 and the Republican vice presidential nominee in the 2008 United States presidential election race, Palin has established her role as a woman of stature in American political history. Palin was the second female vice presidential candidate representing a major political party and the first woman elected Governor of Alaska.

Her story has been predicated on her belief in a traditional value system for the United States of America specifically transparency and accountability in government. These ideals have actually led to her resignation twice - the only elected governor to resign all government positions before the expiration of her term as well as earlier in her career when she resigned as chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, a regulatory body, because she didn’t feel she was getting the necessary support from her superiors on ethics issues. Palin’s support in the 2008 US Presidential campaign was greatly due to her appeal as a working mom, wife of a blue collar union man, and mother of five children, the eldest of whom was serving his country in a yearlong deployment in Iraq and the youngest, an infant with special needs. Reviewing her biography, Going Rogue: An American Life, one learns that she has had “a drive to help, an interest in



References: Curphy, Gordon J., Ginnett, Robert C., Hughes, Richard L. LEADERSHIP Enhancing the lessons of experience 6th edition New York, McGraw-Hill American Thinker: Sarah Palin: A Leader Without A Party http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/07/sarah_palin_a_leader_without_a.html The My Hero Project - Oprah http://www.myhero.com/go/hero.asp?hero=oprahhero

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