Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)
This case study analyzes the leadership of the 37th president of the United States, Richard Nixon. Nixon was elected during a time of uncertainty and turmoil in America. He assumed a goal-oriented transactional/ transformational style of leadership and his first term pragmatic domestic policies had considerable success. For example, despite a congress controlled by the opposition, Nixon provided massive funding to the arts, established the Environmental Protection Agency, and expanded affirmative action. In foreign affairs he was the first U.S. president to visit communist China and the Soviet Union. The key obstacle for Nixon's presidency was the Vietnam War. Ultimately his criminal behavior in Watergate led to his resignation and his aspirations were defeated by weakness of character.
Langins, Andrew P., "Paradoxical Leadership: The Rise and Fall of Richard M. Nixon" (2008). Theses and Graduate Projects. 773.