Masisi, A Symbolic Leader

Presidential inauguration speeches, although not state of the nation addresses, are usually an executive summary of the intentions of the President for their term in presidency.

They set the tone, if you will, establishing areas of priority, and noting matters of concern.

Depending on the leadership styles of the President being named, or introduced, their speech may speak to the political systems and structures of the nation, as well as the building of bridges between groups in conflict, if they are a political leader; a centralisation of the citizenry, it’s needs and giving power to the people, if they are human resource inclined; the ways in which change will be effected during their tenure, if they are structural; and finally if they are symbolic, they would feed a peoples’ need for a sense of purpose and meaning, creating motivation and vision.

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