London School of Economics EOPP: Economic Organisation and Public Policy Programme LSE
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The Qualities of Leadership: Direction, Communication, and Obfuscation

Torun Dewan, David P. Myatt, February 2007
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Party activists wish to (i) advocate the best policy and yet (ii) unify behind a common party line. An activistís understanding of his environment is based on the speeches of party leaders. A leaderís influence, measured by the weight placed on her speech, increases with her judgement on policy (sense of direction) and her ability to convey ideas (clarity of communication). A leader with perfect clarity of communication enjoys greater influence than one with a perfect sense of direction. Activists can choose how much attention to pay to leaders. A necessary condition for a leader to monopolize the agenda is that she is the most coherent communicator. Sometimes leaders attract more attention by obfuscating their messages. A concern for party unity mitigates this incentive; when activists emphasize following the party line, they learn more about their environment.