Graduation Year

Spring 2013

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Nicholas Warner

Reader 2

Ronald Riggio

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Poetry and Power: The Intersection of Poetry and Transformational Leadership uses literary analysis to show how poetry is an unexplored form of transformational leadership. The paper analyzes the essays and poems of Emerson, Shelley, Sidney, Plato, Carlyle, Whitman, Hugo, Kipling, Henley, and McKay, comparing them against the rhetoric of transformational leaders such as King, Kennedy, and Gandhi. Special attention is paid to how poetry embodies the four pillars of transformational leadership – idealized influence, inspirational motivation, individualized consideration, and intellectual stimulation.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.