Moral Crusader vs. Flyboy: The Political Personalities of Al Gore and George W. Bush
Aubrey Immelman’s research has found that Al Gore’s major personality-based leadership strengths are his conscientiousness, a detail-oriented ability to craft specific policies, and low susceptibility to ethical misconduct, whereas opponent George W. Bush’s major personality-based leadership strengths are his skills in connecting with critical constituencies, mobilizing popular support, the ability to retain a following, and his self-confidence in the face of adversity.
What can such profiles tell us about the leadership style of the candidates? In his presentation on the application of personality profiling to presidential politics, Immelman presents his research on presidential candidates Al Gore and George W. Bush, briefly explains how he goes about the task of assessing personality at a distance, and discusses the leadership and policy implications of the candidates’ respective profiles.
Copyright © 2000 by Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics / Aubrey Immelman
Immelman, A. (2000, November 3). Moral crusader vs. flyboy: The political personalities of Al Gore and George W. Bush. Forum Lectures, 351. Retrieved from Digital Commons website: http://digitalcommons.csbsju.edu/forum_lectures/351/