Inspiring Leadership Lessons from US President Donald Trump

Sameer Gudhate

Nov 10th, 2016

Yes! Love him or hate him, Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is the President-elect of the United States.

He defeated Hillary Clinton in the general election on November 8, 2016. Born and raised in New York City, Trump is an American businessman, presently chairman and president of The Trump Organization, a company involved into real estate ventures and other business interests.

Here's what we can learn from the most controversial US president elect candidate in history on business leadership

1. Know your audience:

Who are the people that are important to your cause? What motivates them? What language speaks to their minds and hearts?

2. Be passionate about what you believe in:

Passion can be galvanizing; people often get energized when around others who are passionate. Passion and behaving from personal belief can be motivating and even inspiring.

3. Have resilience:

It’s not the fact you have a setback, it’s how you respond to that setback that can predict success. Being able to bounce back quickly from a failure, miscalculation, a change in direction or new information can be the difference between success or a downward spiral.

4. Communicate a vision:

Have a vision of what you want to achieve; the simpler or clearer the better. Communicate it at every available opportunity, especially if you are the ultimate leader. Often you are the only one sharing the vision. Paint a picture of what your aspiration is so others can start to visualize it and start moving towards it.

Donald Trump is not that much different than many of the effective leaders in the world. The amount of wealth he has and his personality are definitely differentiators, though. His “in your face” style is off-putting to some but refreshing to others.

No matter where you land, the fact remains that Donald Trump has been an effective businessman. We can learn something from everyone, even The Donald.