The Study of Political Leaders
The preceding chapters have developed a number of important concepts, theories, and analytical frameworks in political psychology. We can now turn to an examination of important topics in political psychology and we begin with a look at leaders. In this chapter, aspects of personality, cognition, and small-group behavior, all considered in depth in the previous chapters, will be brought together to explore political leaders’ management and leadership styles. We begin with a consideration of types of leaders and then explore a number of analytical frameworks. The case of President Bill Clinton will be used to illustrate the use of the concepts used in leader analysis. The Political Being considered in this chapter is, of course, a leader. The elements of the Political Being of interest in this chapter are personality, cognition, emotion, and also the interaction with us, that is, political in-groups in the form of advisors.