When Ronald Reagan said, 'What I'd really like to do is go down in
history as the President who made Americans believe in themselves
again', he probably was not thinking too much about the definition of
leadership. However, without realizing, he pretty much defined it. I
believe the definition of leadership is having a impression on others, and
not only inspiring them, but making a physical difference in their lives
(hopefully in a good way). Without that aspect, there is not only no
effective leadership, but there is no leadership at all.
To have this ability to make impressions and differences, you need
communication skills. One who can not communicate well will never be a
leader. A leader must know how to speak so his ideas are understood in
the correct way. Ronald Reagan very own nickname was 'The Great
Communicator.' The examples that prove his nickname true are his great
acting skills, the fact that his talks with the Soviet Union
push to the Russian move toward capitalism.
The next aspect of effective leadership is the ability to make
decisions to change, and not always stick to the status quo. What good is
a leader who is afraid of change? Despite economic setbacks, President
Reagan reduced government spending tremendously, and cut back on business
regulations to strengthen the business sector of the economy. By making
this change, the inflation rate fell 13% to 2%, and created thousands
of jobs for Americans. When Reagan entered office, the unemployment rate
was 10.8%, when he left it was 5.3%. This economic growth would have
never come if Reagan did not have the will to change.
Even though Reagan's term sounds successful, there were many
problems. Failure is an aspect of leadership whether we want to believe
it or not. The drug...