This paper will take a look into the brief history and the leadership traits of the five-decade long leader of Cuba, Fidel Castro. Fidel Castro’s leadership of Cuba did not come without its controversies, he was a leader who was loved as much as despised.
Fulgencio Batista led the Cuban Government in 1952. Batista had a respectful relationship with the United States, and remained supported by the US Government in his leadership of the Cuban Government. During the 1950’s the social class and pay gap amongst the people of Cuba became wider and much more apparent. For many American citizens living in Cuba, they lived wealthy lives, owning much of Cuban land with wealthy businesses such as Casino’s, hotels, bars and restaurants in contrast to the local Cuban citizens who were described as living like paupers, living in poverty (Fluery, 2013).
In July 1953, Fidel Castro along with his brother Raul were involved in a failed attempt to overthrow Batista’s reign by leading…show more content… It was through his leadership traits he won the admiration and respect of the people. Castro was a moving and persuasive speaker and this type of leadership skill gained Castro’s popularity in Cuba. Castro was renowned for his leadership and motivation speeches, many of his speeches lasting for hours a time, his most famous being “History will absolve me”. Other leadership qualities Castro held included his risk-taking decisions, his ruthlessness against any opponent, his adept at keeping his Communist government running and his understanding of the psychology of politicians and ordinary people. Castro’s self-belief and determination to take action on behalf of the Cuban people gained wide-spread respect in Cuba. It is important however, to remember that Castro’s style of leadership was not admired by all people in Cuba nor US administration or citizens who oppressed Castro’s dictatorial