Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Political Science

First Advisor

Clifford Brown




LBJ, president, politician, leadership, character


This thesis centers on Lyndon Johnson and his character traits and how they are translated into his leadership abilities. The ways in which he handled issues as president, his personal relationships with others, and his own personality traits all define who Johnson was as a man. These aspects combined can be viewed as “character”, or the result of the environment someone has been exposed to for a prolonged period of time. In the case of Johnson, it is his childhood that has played the largest role in shaping his character and in turn his personality. My thesis explores the psychological study of childhood and how it can affect the way in which an individual acts as an adult. Johnson’s political career is analyzed through a lens that takes into account the environment in which he was raised as a child and the way in which the character he developed influenced his leadership capabilities. I discuss each stage of Johnson’s life and how his character became both his biggest springboard and his largest obstacle.