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Unformatted text preview: about your own. 2) Like all leaders, and perhaps uniquely because they are democratically elected, American presidents often have compelling life stories. For example, Franklin Roosevelt's polio, which left him permanently crippled him at age 39, deeply shaped the kind of political leader he became. President Obama also has a particularly interesting personal story which he has revealed in a memoir written when he was in his mid-30s, and which most observers believe profoundly shaped his approach to leadership. How do we know if a President is a good leader? What are the criteria we can use to judge them as leaders? Is presidential leadership different? If so, how is it different? Finally, are there ways that a President can connect his story to the larger story of the nation? Is that a necessary component of his leadership? Why or why not?...
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