Obama’’s management style is the key to his success: Experts

January 18th, 2009 - 2:51 pm ICT by ANI  

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Washington, Jan.18 (ANI): Incoming US President Barack Obamas management style will be the key to his success as Americas head of state, believe most experts.
Political analysts say he will need to put in place the right management style.
“It’’s not clear to me that we have a really clear picture yet of what his management style as president is going to be,” said Russell Riley, a presidential historian at the University of Virginia’’s Miller Center of Public Affairs.
Riley believes Obama has shown confidence in his management skills by surrounding himself with powerful and accomplished people, such as Hillary Clinton as his secretary of state and Leon Panetta as CIA director.
“If it works, it would very much be to his advantage,” Riley said.
Obama told the Washington Post on Thursday that his confidence in his ability to manage people has allowed him to assemble a powerful team of White House counselors who will compete with Cabinet secretaries for influence over the majority of domestic and foreign policy issues.
He told the newspaper’’s editorial board. “If the tone I set is that we bring as much intellectual firepower to a problem, that people act respectfully towards each other, that disagreements are fully aired, and that we make decisions based on facts and evidence as opposed to ideology, that people will adapt to that culture and we”ll be able to move together effectively as a team.”
As a presidential candidate, Obama was widely credited by political analysts for running a disciplined and effective campaign.
Analysts, however, warn that managing a presidential campaign is not the same as governing the world’’s most powerful country.
“The real question is how relevant is that to the business of being president and running effectively an independent branch of the government,” Riley said.
Bill Keegan, director of public relations firm Edelman’’s, said “I think he’’s the right man for the right time.”
Explaining Obama’’s management style, which includes a consensus-building approach with a definitive point of view and an ability to distill a lot of facts and information quickly, he said that this helps him make swift decisions.
Steven Fink, president of the Los Angeles-based Lexicon Communications, said: “I don”t feel comfortable talking about his management style before he’’s sworn in because no one knows what his management style will be.”
According to FOX News, over the course of his political career, Obama has proven he knows how to run a successful presidential campaign, write best-selling memoirs and inspire millions with his speeches on hope and change. (ANI)

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