Date of Award

Winter 12-2016

Document Type

USM Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Leadership Studies

First Advisor

Sharon Timberlake




Theodore Roosevelt achieved more in the field of environmental conservation than any of his presidential predecessors combined. At the time that he was sworn in as the 26th President of the United States, the natural resources of the nation were in jeopardy of exhaustion through waste, fraud, abuse, and greed. American citizens were unaware of the perilous state of the resources, believing their supply to be infinite; however, Roosevelt recognized the need for action and brought the subject of conservation to the national forefront.

The purpose of this biographical case study is to futher understanding of how Roosevelt used transformational leadership to achieve his successes in the field of conservation. An analysis conducted using Bass' transformational leadership paradigm identified which factors of transformational leadership Roosevelt possessed and how he used them to drive early conservation efforts. This qualitative case study not only provides interesting insight into one of America's most prolific leaders, but also contributes to the current field of leadership by providing a real world example of the power of transformational leadership to achieve social change.


This thesis is restricted to USM access only.