New Survey Gives Insight into Which Presidential Candidate is the Better Leader

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Results now available from a recent survey that asks which presidential candidate is the better leader.

In a survey evaluating 12 competencies of remarkable leaders, Senator Barack Obama rated higher than Senator John McCain in 10 areas.

Leadership and learning expert (and survey sponsor) Kevin Eikenberry says he wasn't evaluating policies or politics.

"This survey was designed to look solely at leadership characteristics and how the two major party candidates compare to one another," Eikenberry says. "Clearly both men have strong leadership skills or they wouldn't be in the running. We purposely didn't ask 'Who would be a better President?' or even 'Who are you going to vote for?' because we wanted to remain neutral from a political perspective.

"Of course, there were people who voted all McCain or all Obama because of politics, but we had plenty of people split their ticket, and a few who were surprised at their own votes," Eikenberry says.

750 people completed the survey that asked which candidate is better at:

Championing Change
Communicating Powerfully
Building Relationships
Developing Others
Focusing on Constituents
Influencing Impactfully
Thinking and Acting Innovatively
Valuing Collaboration and Teamwork
Solving Problems and Making Decisions
Taking Responsibility and Accountability
Managing Projects and Processes
Setting Goals and Supporting Goal Achievement

Senator McCain had a very slight edge in "Solving Problems and Making Decisions" and "Taking Responsibility and Accountability". Senator Obama led in every other category - in some by as much as 70%.

Complete survey results are available at The special report also includes results from a different survey asking which past presidents were the most remarkable in each of those categories.

Kevin Eikenberry is the Chief Potential Officer of The Kevin Eikenberry Group, a consulting company that helps Clients through a variety of speaking, consulting and training services, and the Creator of the Remarkable Leadership Learning System, a year-round system designed to help leaders at all levels develop their leadership skills. Eikenberry also is the bestselling author of Remarkable Leadership: Unleashing Your Leadership Potential One Skill at a Time, a book that will help you improve results regardless of your job title.


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