Date of Award

Fall 1999

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)




The focus of this political-historical case study is based on the leadership style of Vaclav Havel, the current president of the Czech Republic. The writer, playwright, prisoner and dissident led the peaceful overthrow of the Communist government in Czechoslovakia in 1989, and was the country's first democratically elected president in over fifty years. The premise of this case study has two parts.The first part identifies the leadership characteristics and qualities demonstrated by Vaclav Havel. Part two consists of evaluating Havel's leadership style with contemporary theories of leadership.

This study will show that Havel exhibits a transformational leadership style demonstrated by his ability to inspire and motivate higher levels of moral and ethical behavior in others, which has a transforming effect on them. The study will also contend that Havel exhibits characteristics and qualities of servant-leadership and critical theory leadership models, which is demonstrated by his commitment to challenging the status quo and furthering the cause of others through facilitating social change.


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