Personality, Character, and Leadership In The White House


Personality, Character, and Leadership In The White House

Psychologists Assess the Presidents

Steven J. Rubenzer and Thomas R. Raschingbauer

432 pages


August 2005


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About the Book

Personality, Character, and Leadership in the White House is the first book-length work to present truly scientific personality evaluations of the American presidents. This benchmark work dramatically improves the state-of-the-art in classifying presidents and predicting performance in the White House. Dr. Steven Rubenzer and Dr. Thomas Faschingbauer asked 120 experts, including biographers, historians, presidential advisers, and other knowledge-able sources, to rate the presidents by filling out standardized personality tests. For each president that fell within their area of expertise, the evaluators completed a 592-item questionnaire regarding personality, intelligence, and behavior. From the results, the authors identify nine traits related to presidential success, examine how the presidents’ personalities affected their job performance, and list their scores on the major dimensions of personality. Rubenzer and Faschingbauer provide revealing insights about every American president and profile twenty-one of them in detail, including all post–World War II presidents and all of the “great” presidents. In addition to revolutionizing the way we look at the presidency, the study offers entertaining and unexpected conclusions. For instance, which recent president’s personality and character most closely resembles those of Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln? The answer may surprise you. Presidential scholars, students, and anyone who likes to be well informed when discussing their political preferences will find this enlightening book irresistible. Visit and for more information.

Table of Contents


SECTION I1. Personality and Character2. Who are These Guys? Personality Characteristics of Presidents, Founding Fathers, Democrats and Republicans3. Predicting Presidential Success (with Deniz Ones)4. Types of Presidents

INTRODUCTION TO SECTION II5. Three Dominators – Andrew Jackson, LBJ, and Richard Nixon6. Two Introverts – John Adams and Woodrow Wilson7. Two Good Guys – Dwight Eisenhower and Gerald Ford 8. One Innocent – Ulysses S. Grant9. Two Actors – Warren Harding and Ronald Reagan10. Two Maintainers – Harry Truman and George Bush 11. Three Philosophes – Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln, and Jimmy Carter12. Three Extraverts – Theodore Roosevelt, FDR, and JFK13. Special Cases – George Washington and Bill Clinton14. George Walker Bush15. Epilogue16. Notes17. References and Bibliography

18. AppendixesA. Rationale of the Study, Advantages of the Approach, and Technical Issues B. Producing Objective Personality PortraitsC. Composition of Supplementary ScalesD. Correlations of Personality Measures to Measures of Success and Ethics on the Job as PresidentE. Participants in the Study – SpecialistsF. Raters for each President (Specialists)G. Generalist Raters

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