This paper aims to explore President Obama's leadership style during passage of this major and controversial piece of legislation. Specifically it addresses the historical development of healthcare reform in the USA, and provides an ethical analysis of President Obama's leadership in pursuing the health reform initiative.
Based on a review of the literature, speeches, and application of leadership and ethical theory, an analysis was done of President Obama's leadership and ethical approach to healthcare reform.
This analysis revealed that Obama's behavior was consistent with the full‐range leadership model articulated by Bass and Avolio. Moreover, his personal and strategic ethical approach to promulgating healthcare reform incorporated both deontological and teleological ethical principles.
This paper provides a current look at President Obama's leadership style and demonstrates how incorporating different ethical theories can result in the same outcome.
Odom, L., Owen, R., Valley, A. and Burrell, P. (2011), "Obamacare: an ethical analysis of his leadership and the health reform initiative", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 24 No. 4, pp. 325-336. https://doi.org/10.1108/17511871111172367
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