With the assassination of President McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt became the 26th and youngest president in the nation’s history at age 42. From 1901 to 1909, he brought excitement to the presidency, as he vigorously led the Republican Party, Congress and the public toward progressive reforms. He is famous for his exuberant personality.
“T.R.” felt that the president, as a steward of the people, should take whatever action necessary for the public good, such as the expansion of national parks to conserve wild lands. “I did not usurp power,” he wrote, “but I did greatly broaden the use of executive power.”
EL: So much of leadership is action, and you are a man of action.
TR: I put myself in the way of things happening, and they happened.
EL: Do you have any special way of defining a leader?
TR: People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss under cover. The leader leads,...(register to read more)