This leadership critique paper analyses the life and the leadership skills of Bill Clinton, who served for eight years as the president of the United States of America. William Jefferson Clinton, known as Bill Clinton, was born in Hope, in 1946. Hope is a town in Arkansas that has a population of around 8,000. Clinton was raised by a single mother because his father involved in an accident and died few months before Bill was born. His mother left him with grandparents so that she could continue her studies.
Clinton could read and write when he was three years old. His grandparents were so strict disciplinarians, and they brought him the importance of education. In 1950, his mother graduated with a degree in nursing, and she decided to remarry. Bill adopted Christian life even though his single parent was not a religious person (Alvesson and Spicer, 2012).
Clinton completed his secondary education in Hot Springs High School. He was able to complete his studies in spite of going through hard times with his stepfather. His stepfather's alcoholism and his violence towards Bill's mother affected him psychologically. Even though Clinton was still young at that time, he could not tolerate the weird behavior of his stepfather, and this forced her mother to divorce Roger Clinton.
According to Joseph Farah, Clinton acquired his leadership skills in high school. Bill Clinton was once elected to represent his school in youth leadership conference, which was held in Washington D.C. He completed his high school studies and he joined Georgetown University in Washington D.C.; he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs. His leadership ability was seen when he joined politics,- he was campaigning for a senatorial candidate in Connecticut. That was the time he met his future wife, Hillary Rodham.
The author describes Clinton as a person who was born a leader and gifted in leading, he also sees him as a person who was fast in learning new leadership skills. Clinton was able to struggle and got elected as Arkansas Attorney General and later he became a governor. Clinton at that time was reported as the youngest governor in the American history. When he was in the office, he focused on improving the state's education system. Though he did not succeed in campaigning for re-election in the same office, he was able to remain relevant in politics till the next term. In 1982, he was re-elected. He brought many changes in educational departments such as improving the salaries of teachers and introducing new educational curriculum with the aim of improving the standard of education (White, 2012).
The author describes Clinton as a pragmatic leader. I agree with this because he was able to handle day-to-day issues and challenges that he faced in his office. He was able to choose solutions that are effective an up-to-date. His leadership's character was based on universal truth. In many instances he was, praised for being principled. In addition, Clinton was confident in his approach. He was a democrat, and he admitted the fact that the country needed changes after many years of Republican reign. Clinton was a strong leader; I will give him this credit for his ability to connect with people. He had the power to talk in a simple way, but his words had high impact on his listeners. This exclusive quality is known as "charisma".
However, Clinton was accused of moral failure. According to Greenstein (1993), the 42nd President of United State fails to be honest in many occasions. In 1992, during the presidential election, the former president fails to accept the fact that he was a drug user. Reliable sources claimed that Clinton had experimented with marijuana and other drugs. Furthermore, Clinton lied in the public that he did not engage in a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Because of this he almost lost trust with Americans. Following this act, Clinton made a history by testifying is immoral acts. He confesses his criminal contacts to the public.
The author argues that the overall popularity of the Clinton among Americans voters had remained high. That was a clear indication that the American people were less concerned about the character of a person, but they focused on leadership abilities. Americans were interested with the status of the economy and not the weaknesses of the presidential candidates. People came to this conclusion because Clinton had scandals of moral failure in 1992, but the Americans ignored it. The popularity of Clinton remained high because of his policies, and the robust economy growth that Americans had enjoyed (Rhode, 2012).
Joseph Farah describes Clinton as one of the leaders with the best character traits. He sees him as a confident leader. This is because Clinton talks of his weird behaviors despite the fact that he was running for a presidential seat. In fact, he became the first American president to confess such immoral behavior in the media. In 1998, Clinton confesses of having sexual intercourse with Lewinsky. In addition, Joseph Farah describes Clinton as articulate, he claims that Clinton had an ability to sit down with people of any social status. He would easily go in terms with high profile people as well as people from a street.
When compared with other leaders, Clinton was able to handle the harsh treatment he receives from his drunkard stepfather. He saw her mother abused physically by his stepfather. In addition, he managed to stay with his grandparents who were strict in education and all matters concerning life while his mother was in nursing school. With such experience, Clinton grew up and developed a sense of self-assurance.
This article analyses all the character traits of the 42nd President of United State of America in details. It describes him as outgoing, sensitive, diligent, and conscientious among others. In addition, the article focused on his early life and the way he shaped his political life as he grew up. The author analysed Clinton in all manner i.e. criticizing his strength and weaknesses. The greatest weaknesses were that Clinton failed to control his sexual feelings, and he gave false information on social issues. However, the author dominated on the positive side of the Clinton, making it difficult to understand him. Furthermore, the author fails to analyse social life of Clinton with his wife. It is essential to analyse the social part of his life because it can give deep insight on who Bill Clinton really is.
In conclusion, Clinton was a good president for American people. Both, the Democrats and the Republicans will miss him. He had tremendous characteristic traits of leadership. He became a role model to many, and he will ever be remembered as the only Democrat who went for two terms in his time and before.