Lyndon B Johnson Leadership Style

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Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as president on an aircraft carrying John F. Kennedy’s dead body from Dallas to Washington D.C. Right from the start LBJ had ambitions to eliminate poverty by instilling progressive reforms called the “Great Society”. President Johnson had a very impressive list of achievements while in office; however, his failure to deal with the Vietnam War properly tainted his image. Nonetheless, President Johnson is still viewed as one of the most effective leaders in the United States and in recent history.
President Lyndon B. Johnson’s life was embedded with various moments that equipped him with the necessary tools to serve as an effective president. Although he was born surrounded by poverty, Johnson worked harder than
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Johnson’s leadership style fit into the category of the Transactional Leadership Theory. LBJ often made transactions with his followers in order to end up with a mutually beneficial result. His famous method of convincing others to view things the way he wanted them to was dubbed as “the Johnson Treatment”. He used techniques such as rewarding committee assignments and chairmanships, and accumulating and dispensing credits to get his way. Moreover, he often utilized his formidable physical presence to “bully” senators to get what he needed. He also was intelligent enough to read people’s personalities in order to impress and flatter them so that they were more willing to accept his viewpoints. One prominent example of the many legislations he helped pass due to his wit was the The Civil Rights Act of July 1964. Right after Kennedy had been assassinated, Johnson proclaimed, “No memorial oration or eulogy could more eloquently honor President Kennedy’s memory than the earliest possible passage of the civil rights bill.” He cunningly, channeled the nation’s grief to force a civil rights bill to pass through Congress. LBJ’s exceptional leadership qualities were very important as they resulted in a plethora of legislation to …show more content…
It was clear that he was viewed as a “bully” or a “cajole” by the Congress. As mentioned previously, he would intimidate others whether it be by jabbing his fingers in their chest or by leaning in very close to them in order to get what he wanted out of them. On the other hand, the public loved LBJ mostly because he was passing legislation that improved the nation’s environment, quality of life, and education. They were ignorant to what happened behind the scenes in order to pass these laws, so they had no reason to fear the president. The public’s love for Johnson was supported by the fact that when LBJ ran for his first term as president, he not only had 61 percent of the vote, but also had the widest margin of victory in the history if the United States. Johnson effectively managed to instill fear in some people and love in others, because he believed that in order to be a great leader you must have a mixture of

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