Leadership Emergence and Style: Fidel Castro of Cuba
abstract
This study examines Fidel Castro’s leadership emergence and style in Cuba with
reference to the situation, goals sought, leadership process and the outcomes. The
emergence of Fidel Castro was underpinned by the qualities he exhibited and
significant popular support he enjoyed from different strata of the society.
Transforming a pre-revolutionary corrupt, oppressive and discriminatory system
by creating equal opportunities for everyone was the main objective of Fidel
Castro’s led revolution in Cuba. Despite some efforts toward societal
transformation, Cubans were divided over the achievements of the revolution.
While some expressed positive views about Fidel Castro’s initiated socialism,
others described it as a source of frustration. Findings reveal that the level of
leadership effectiveness under Fidel Castro was largely attained through a variety
of styles used to address different situations. The resilient abilities Fidel Castro
shared with followers could enable socialist Cuba survive the Cold War and the
post-Cold War eras.