Examining the Qualities That Make for Leadership

Washington Times, September 22, 1996.


According to its publishers, “Hail to the Chief” is “essential reading for anyone concerned with the state of the Presidency – both its past and its future.” Robert Dallek, a prize-winning author of books on Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson, makes no such inflated claims. He wants merely to understand why some presidents have succeeded and others have failed, or what makes for “effective performance in the White House.” Because, as he says, presidential effectiveness doesn’t readily translate into a checklist of definable characteristics, voters have been continually surprised at how well or how poorly our presidents have performed.

American Enterprise Institute