How do we hire a President?

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What are the job requirements for the office of president of the United States? What attributes should a candidate possess? Are the qualities needed to govern the same as those needed to win? What can an analysis of the management style of great past presidents teach us about leadership? Groups research the qualities of former presidents and then generate a list of what they consider essential qualities needed of candidates.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups compare the attributes of current candidates with the list they generate for their poster
Classroom Considerations

  • Part of a series of eight related resources focusing on the US presidential election process
  • Although designed for the 2008 US election, the activities are appropriate for any election year
Pros

  • The packet includes information about the management style of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, FDR, and JFK
Cons

  • None