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Obama is a leader, Clinton is a manager


Pennsylvania may have voted for Clinton at the all-important primary but there is only one true leader, according to leadership expert John Fay.

In the Pennsylvania primary, held on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton claimed a nine point lead over Barack Obama - in a vote which has been touted for months as being the decisive date in the race to represent the Democrats at the next US election.

Despite this critical success, Fay, who founded change management and leadership consultancy SFL, says Barack Obama’s concentration on areas other than Pennsylvania should not damage his campaign.

He said: “This primary was a chance for Obama to gain important campaign coverage even if Clinton was the outright winner.

“He has increased his standing with the people living there. He realises there are still other primaries worth considering and his efforts were not solely concentrated on Pennsylvania.

“Clinton dedicated more time to visiting Pennsylvania in the lead-up to the primary but Obama realises stakes will also be high when North Carolina and Indiana vote on 6 May.

“He has taken time to garner support nationwide which demonstrates higher levels of leadership. Clinton is managing small parts of her campaign, dedicating time to Pennsylvania and attacking Obama perhaps without looking at the bigger picture.

“Obama is a leader who has the vision to bring people together with a common vision for America whereas Clinton is a classic manager in control of her campaign and banging the drum on her achievements in delivering programmes from the Senate. Without the leadership ability to win the hearts and minds of the people, she appears to lack authenticity.”

Despite confidence from the Clinton camp, Fay is convinced Obama will still have the upper hand in the election race.

“Obama is more charismatic and has mass appeal across all levels of American society. Democrats like Obama have no time for Clinton. Clinton cannot even stick to a campaign message which shows a lack of consistency. This is not encouraging for the electorate.

“Obama can afford this loss in Pennsylvania and still triumph in the election race. America should put its confidence in Obama as a leader with vision rather than backing Clinton who can manage the day-to-day but can’t ignite the passion which has historically driven American people to great heights of success.”

You can contact John Fay at SFL, visit


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