4 Leadership Lessons You can Learn From Donald Trump

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By: Ana Margarita Olar| Executivechronicles.com

Donald Trump has been one of the most controversial personalities nowadays. He has risen among his rivals.

Each contender seems to be much more qualified than him. Confusing it may seem, he has uncommon ways of leadership.

Here are some leadership lessons that we can extract from Trump:


LEADERSHIP IS NOT ALWAYS ABOUT BEING ON THE TOP

Trump’s audiences are unconventional.  He taps laid-off factory workers and communities which seem to be at the bottom of the food chain. Donald trump touches those who are the bottom of our society.

As a leader, one should not always stay inside the wall of your office. Experience is the best teacher. So before making any leadership decision, go down and be with your employees. See and experience their situation.

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LEADERSHIP IS ABOUT LISTENING

As Trump says it: I have visited the communities crushed by our horrible and unfair trade deals. These are the forgotten men and women of our country. But they will not be forgotten long.

These people who work hard but no longer have a voice. I am your voice.

The core of being a leader is listening and standing up for your employees. There are times that you just need to listen to them. And more importantly, listen with and open heart and an open mind.

LEADERSHIP IS REFLECTING

One key to successful leadership is being able to reflect. Be one with the group that you are leading. It may seem that Donald Trump’s status is miles away from the group he’s trying to lead. But he has this “style” which can make people feel he’s one of them.

As a leader, you should make your group feel that you are one of them. The more you show that you are one of them, the easier you can lead the group.

LEADERSHIP IS CREATING AN IDENTITY

No one expected Trump to be a part of the Republican race. But he has all the guts. His leadership identity was not bestowed on him. He created it. Oftentimes, the people you lead give you the identity. Things like the “punisher boss”, the “lazy boss” or the “good boss”.

Don’t wait for them to label you. Create your own leadership identity and make it known. Make them experience firsthand what kind of leader you are.

You may not believe him, he may not be you perfect man for the job. But definitely, you can learn these fantastic leadership lessons from him.