Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)



First Advisor

Dr. Rosemary Link


This paper is a study of the leadership style and qualities of General Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan who took power on October 12,1999. The research is a historical study using data from archives, autobiography, government reports, mass media, and my own expertise as a native Pakistani. While the central theme is to analyze General Musharraf's leadership style, the four questions guiding this work are:

1) What are the demonstrated characteristics of General Pervez Musharraf's leadership?

2) can General Musharraf be described as an authentic leader?

3) What is General Pervez Musharraf's role in the global war on terror?

4) What are the challenges to his leadership?

The event of September 11, 2001 in New York, and subsequent terrorist bombings in London, Jakarta, Madrid and many places across the globe including Pakistan, have catapulted Musharraf on to the global scene. As he has become what some politicians refer to as "an ally" on the global war on terrorism, Musharraf is viewed as a 'person of interest' by the United States government, the American people, and many governments and people around the world. The diametrically opposite reviews that Gen Musharraf continues to receive make him a many faceted candidate for the study of leadership. The dimension of ambivalence concerning views of Musharraf's leadership on the world stage after 9/11 makes him a complex leader and one whom history is yet to assess.


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