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Moral Crusader vs. Flyboy: The Political Personalities of Al Gore and George W. Bush

Friday, November 3rd
AV-1, Alcuin Library Basement, SJU
4:15-5:15pm
Aubrey Immelman
Associate Professor of Psychology

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, while 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 abilities of the candidates?

Join us Friday for a discussion of the application of personality profiling to presidential politics. Prof. Immelman will present his research on presidential candidates Al Gore and George W. Bush, briefly explain how he goes about the task of assessing personality at a distance, and discuss the leadership and policy implications of the candidates' respective profiles.