Making the Grade: What Makes a Good President?

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Author:  Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago
Every President has had his critics, yet among most of the United States Presidents, certain qualities recur that have made them effective leaders for our country. These same qualities make good leaders in other areas besides politics, and are good things to look for when choosing any kind of leader. This lesson will provide students with a way to evaluate their leaders and with background material to use when studying about various Presidents.


  • To help students understand what qualities make a good leader.
  • To help clarify the duties of the President.
  • To give students a mechanism to evaluate leaders and to recognize and develop their own leadership qualities.






The Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC) works with elementary and secondary schools to develop critical thinking skills, civic participation, and commitment to the rule of law among young people.