What makes someone a top presidential candidate?
I have not been interested in politics my entire life… Until 2020. Ever since the pandemic, being home with my wife, the chaos going on in the world, and the presidential election, I have recently become a CNN regular. For me, being presidential is a lot like being a great leader. I voted for Joe Biden last week because I felt he was the better candidate to lead this country forward. In the #CJJblog this week I give you eight things the President of the United States of America and effective leaders should both be able to do. Enjoy.
Effective leaders should be able to…
- Respect all people. They don’t always have to agree, but they should always be respectful. President-elect Biden was the candidate that has displayed more respect for others up to this point. Do you respect everyone?
- Unite people. NOT divide them. It is my feeling that President Trump has divided our country into two hateful, opposite sides and I believe that a president should be uniting everyone together as one. Joe Biden does not see blue or red, he sees the United States.
- Confront the elephant in the room. For this country in 2020, the elephant in the room has been COVID-19 and our procedures that we have put in place in response to the virus. President Trump has pushed it off and downplayed the severity of the issue, while Mr. Biden has vowed to attack it head on and identified it as a serious problem facing our country.
- Be humble. Regardless of who you support, I think we can all agree that President Trump does not possess the humility gene. For me, this is very important in leading our country as President. How important is humility to you in a leader?
- Surround themselves with smart people. And are also able to listen to them. During this pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci has become a well known member of the coronavirus task force at the White House, but Trump has not done a great job listening to him and his advice.
- Have a “We over Me” mentality. Having the ability to give credit to others when things go well and not beat your own chest is very important to me from a leader. Do you think in terms of “we over me”?
- Be authentic and vulnerable. To build trust with those around them. I feel that Joe Biden is a much more trustworthy person than Donald Trump (we will save the tax return discussion for another time).
- Lead by example. Wearing a mask in public during the pandemic is a perfect example of this. One of the candidates consistently wears a mask in public, while the other refers to the whole thing as a hoax that will soon just go away on its own. Who do you trust more?
Did You Know? Coach Jim Johnson will be delivering a Virtual Inspirational Presentation to the Lake Placid Rotary Club on Thursday, November 19th.
Life Tip #8: Treat people better than you expect to be treated,