The authors can provide a replication data set upon request.
Transforming Leadership and the Obama Presidency†
Article first published online: 15 OCT 2012
© 2012 by the Southwestern Social Science Association
Social Science Quarterly
Volume 93, Issue 5, pages 1127–1145, December 2012
How to Cite
Engbers, T. and Fucilla, L. (2012), Transforming Leadership and the Obama Presidency. Social Science Quarterly, 93: 1127–1145. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6237.2012.00917.x
- Issue published online: 5 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 15 OCT 2012
This study seeks to identify the political speech of President Obama to better understand the leadership techniques utilized.
Political speech is coded using textual analysis and leadership frames are grouped into transactional and transforming categories.
The findings of this study suggest that President Obama does seek to use transformational leadership but that this transformational leadership is more often found in rational persuasion than inspirational appeals.
The informal powers of the presidency do include the power to inspire but for President Obama this power secondary to appeals to reason.