Most people would agree that no other person on the planet divides opinion more than Donald Trump. Yet, he still became President of the United States and remains one of the world’s most successful businessmen.
Like him or loathe him, it’s certainly difficult to ignore him.
A year on from his victory what has he taught us about Leadership (good and bad)?
How do business leaders create and share a positive vision?
Firstly, it is important to have a vision that you firmly believe in, have a passion for, and get excited about. With the power of positive leadership, you can share and involve others, to encourage them to be a part of that vision and take them on the journey (with their buy-in and therefore with their commitment).
There needs to be clear communication, realistic goal setting, and a well-thought through forward thinking plan that supports the vision and goals to ensure things happen (and are delivered).
A good leader involves being a good role model, being able to work within and lead a team, and being prepared to delegate and recognise peoples’ skills.
Listening to other points of view and ideas is also important and can bring amazing results, build individuals’ confidence, and encourage them to become good leaders themselves.
We live in a fast-changing world and sometimes direction may change due to internal or external circumstances, however, the belief in the original vision should still be the same.
Hidden dangers that can destroy the hard work
Danger comes when a leader constantly changes vision, policies and direction, as this often causes mistrust, demotivation and confusion. People will stop following and believing due to lack of direction, and credibility is soon lost.
Another important aspect to consider is the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion. It is important to create and sustain a creative, inclusive and respectful work environment that enables equality and opportunities for everyone.
People do not want to be with, or work with, others who do not have the same values, beliefs and respect. This never bodes well for building rapport and good working relationships in the workplace (or on an international stage).
So, has “The Donald” got it right or wrong?
Donald Trump may be the President of the United States and he is a leader. However, what Trump has taught us about leadership is that there is a very strong connection with the “HOW”. How he speaks, how he communicates, how much does he listen and respect others – all these aspects of being a respected and strong leader are key to ensuring there is fairness and consistency whenever dealing with people.
You can decide for yourself, whether Trump has demonstrated the right side of “How” and the values true leaders need in order to take their people with them.
In my view, Trump’s version of leadership is at odds with every positive aspect I’ve encountered in 15 years of developing leaders, managers and people. When you get it right people follow with commitment, excitement, shared purpose, and want to make a difference. When you get it wrong, people fail to buy-in, are de-motivated, will leave, and projects fail.
All the courses I deliver such as Leadership, Building Effective Teams, Diversity and Inclusion, and Influencing with Style have one thing in common: the development of people skills. It really is about the “HOW” – How to act, How to speak, How to get the best out of people and provide support in developing teams, individuals and future leaders.
ABOUT ANN HOAD
As a professional trainer, I’ve delivered over 20 different types of courses, including leadership and management training, solving problems and making decisions, changing perceptions and behaviours, diversity and inclusion, and performance management.
I’ve been involved in Learning and Development since 2003 (within the corporate world), and have run my own Training Consultancy and Personal Development & Life Coach business since 2014.
I am an Associate CIPD Member and have a Level 3 in Direct Learning and Support (that includes the A1 Assessor unit). I’ve also worked with The Coaching Academy as an Internal Assessor for their SFEDI Level 5 Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching since 2017.
I take tremendous pride in training the next generation of leaders, managers and trainers, while continuing to design and deliver training for companies and organisations (either directly or through L&D agencies).
If you would like to discuss the training needs for your company or organisation, please contact me to arrange a meeting.