- Family and early life
- Professional background
Rise to Power:
- Why did the leader seek power?
- Explain how the leader came to power (election, coup, hereditary, etc.).
Source and Extent of Power:
- Source: Constitution or other document(s), tradition, fear, etc.
- Extent: Are there limits to what the leader can do? Who, if anyone, can check the leader’s power? Is the leader accountable to anyone?