Course Name: Angels, Demons, Heroes, Villains - America's Leaders and Leadership
Instructor: Michael Cairo
Why are Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington consistently ranked as “great” presidents? Why are Warren Harding, James Buchanan, and Andrew Johnson consistently ranked the “worst”? Why are Abigail Adams, Susan B. Anthony, and Eleanor Roosevelt considered “great” women? Why are Benjamin Franklin, Elvis Presley, and Babe Ruth often listed at the top of “most influential” Americans in history? What made Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks leaders among the African American community?
What motivated all of these individuals to “succeed”? Why were they effective and influential? What makes a “good” leader? When does a leader become “great”? What techniques do leaders use to achieve their goals? What makes a leader “influential”? What motivates these leaders? Are they different than the rest of us?
This course will investigate the nature of leadership and leadership styles, and ultimately examine why some leaders succeed and others fail. This course will not simply examine biographies of leaders. Rather, the course will examine the motives, styles, successes and failures of leaders in American politics, economics, and society.