The aim of this paper is to compare and contrast traits and effectiveness of the leadership styles of two contemporary leaders: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia and Abdel Fatah el-Sisi, President of Egypt. It is worth mentioning that both these leaders come from different backgrounds, are of different genders and, as we will see, have different leadership styles. Leadership in government assumes even greater criticality by the sheer scale of impact the actions may have. For instance, weak leadership could result in government failures, which could be disastrous, potentially with global implications. Conversely, effective leadership typically means the well being of millions. In addition to analysing their leadership styles, we think it is important to ascertain if there exists a relationship between leadership effectiveness and context (e.g background, institution, history etc.). Would a soft-spoken lady like Ms. Sirleaf have been elected to high office in an extremely male dominated Arab nation such as Egypt, or would Mr. el-Sisi’s opportunistic tactics have helped him push through the ranks of the military in a country with as many military fronts as that of Liberia. Would Ms. Sirleaf’s participative management fit for Egypt’s regional and local religious conflicts, or would Mr. el-Sisi’s hard fist been fit for Liberia’s revolutionary nature. With these thoughts in mind we move ahead in comparing the leaders. Abdul Fattah el-Sisi
The sixth President of Egypt assumed office on the 8th of June, 2014 and has courted support and controversy in equal measure. However, his popularity among the people of his nation is high. Unlike his predecessors, Sisi is a moderate in a region packed with extremists. Born in Cairo in 1954, Sisi grew up in a part of the city where Muslims, Jews and Christians resided in peace and harmony. His family was wealthy and provided him with a strong education. Also, his father was a devout but not extremist Muslim who was married to a Moroccan Jew. These factors...