Dr. Condoleezza Rice was sworn in as Secretary of State on January 25, 2005. She is a clear example of a leader, which possesses certain traits that have led her to where she is today. In order to evaluate her as a leader, it is necessary to look at different aspects of her leadership. It is important to examine her personality traits and values, ethical challenges she will face, her candidacy, her leadership style, and her dark-side traits.
[...] Through a detailed picture of her personality and values, the ethical challenges she will face, her qualifications, her transformational leadership, and her dark- side personality traits, a true image of what type of leader Rice really is will emerge. Rice needs to continually adapt her personality traits and values to any situation. She also needs to become a double-loop learner to continue her success as a leader. Works Cited Bureau of Public Affairs: U.S. Department of State. (2004). Mission Statement. [...]
[...] The presence of the United States Military force, in those countries that Rice is trying to sway, will be deterrence to the present rogue states and terrorists in those countries and rising ones. Rice once stated, “These regimes are living on borrowed time, so their need be no sense of panic about them. Rather, the first line of defense should be a clear and classical statement of deterrence” ( O'Hanlon p.1-5). The United States presence in these foreign lands will be an added defense to these countries (O'Hanlon p.1-5). [...]
[...] Some of Rice's motivators include recognition and achievement, challenge, knowledge, and reward by changing status. According to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, she is still trying to fulfill the Esteem Need level, as she wants to be better known and better respected. By looking at all these different factors, it is easy to see why Condoleezza Rice was the most qualified person for the job as Secretary of State (Hughes, p.205-252). Another way to evaluate Rice's personality and values is to determine if she is a transformational or transactional leader. [...]
[...] The second characteristic of a Transformational leader is rhetorical skills. Rhetorical skills would be characterized by being a good communicator. This is one's ability to respond accurately and appropriately when asked a question. A major part of Rice's job is public speaking. Therefore, it is very imperative for her to have excellent public speaking capabilities. Everyone is not born with great public speaking abilities; it will not be naturally comfortable for them to speak eloquently in front of others. It will be out of their comfort zones. [...]
[...] When examining her personality traits and values, it is also important to look at what kind of ethical challenges she may face. As chief diplomat and head of the U.S. Department of State, Rice has a specific mission. The mission statement of the U.S. Department of State is to “create a more secure, democratic, and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people and the international community” (Bureau of Public Affairs: U.S. Department of State, 2004). With these duties at hand, Rice faces the ethical challenges of completing any task. [...]
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