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Smart Talk: Which presidents were the best leaders?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Apr 22, 2014 3:26 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, April 23, 2014:

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How important is a president’s personality?  Do their personalities affect their leadership abilities?

In your lifetime, which presidents do you feel have had the most charming and charismatic personalities?

Which ones seemed to provide the most wit and humor?  Does that sense of humor enhance their abilities to lead millions of people?

What about their leadership skills?  Who has been the best leader?  Are there any presidents you think have been timid and coy?  Or perhaps, a bit overbearing and rough around the edges? 

The personality and leadership of a president can allure and compel us in transformative ways. 

Appearing on Wednesday’s Smart Talk to discuss the presidents and their leadership and personalities is Dr. G. Terry Madonna, Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs, Professor of Public Affairs, and Director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll.

We would love to hear your comments on the presidents’ leadership abilities and personalities.  Leaving politics aside, rate the presidents in your lifetime based on their leadership and charisma, and tell us why you rated them that way.

Here are the president since the 1930s on:

Franklin Roosevelt

Harry Truman

Dwight D. Eisenhower

John F. Kennedy

Lyndon Johnson

Richard Nixon

Gerald Ford

Jimmy Carter

Ronald Reagan

George H.W. Bush

Bill Clinton

George W. Bush

Barack Obama

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Dr. G. Terry Madonna

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-04-23 08:24

    A listener emails:

    I am not that old, but it seems that every president that I have experienced has simply been a re-election puppet. Not one has been a good leader; good politician perhaps, but terrible leader.

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