Love him or hate him; President Trump is precisely the leader our country needs right now. While news outlets, internet trolls, your Aunt Mildred, and CNN are busy attacking the President for his so-called failed response to the COVID-19, we’re over here looking at exactly how he’s choosing to lead and taking notes. We think President Trump’s leadership style is one to emulate and master.
There are so many lessons you can take from President Trump’s leadership style during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) that we don’t have time to cover all of them. However, we picked five that we think are most important.
5 Powerful Lessons We Can Learn From President Trump’s Leadership Style During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
If you rip the curtain of the drama, fear, panic, and millions of voices we hear on the daily, you will see essential lessons all of us in a leadership position can learn from.
1. Act Quickly But Strategically & Intentionally
President Trump didn’t just do what everyone wanted when they wanted it. He made the choices he did incredibly strategically, and, despite what the media is saying, quickly.
What people wanted: More tests ASAP
What Trump did: Closed our borders from China
Why it was the right choice: It doesn’t matter how many tests we have, or don’t have, if infected people are still coming into our country without anyone knowing. First and foremost we have to build protection around our country and people. THEN, we can test and “treat” Americans.
You have to remember that there is no vaccine for this virus, no medications we can take, and nothing we can do except to distance socially. We don’t need millions of tests to do what we know will work and what is right. YES, testing is important. But it’s not as important as taking immediate action to stop the spread and exposure of the virus.
President Trump, as he does, took a lot of heat for his choices, and he did not waiver. He remained steadfast without apology. When the time was right, and more crucial matters had been addressed, he moved to order more tests and remove regulations so we can get more tests. This is one thing we admire about Trump’s leadership style.
Trump’s team brilliantly explained why they didn’t feel the same urgency as other countries to mass test ASAP. Simply put- many of these countries have over 90% negative on the coronavirus test results. And that leads to a false sense of immunity and security- something that is far more dangerous right now.
What We Can Learn as Business Owners and Leaders
President Trump understood the complex issues at hand and acted exactly how he should. He moved swiftly with intention and strategy. Don’t just react with panic but instead respond with a plan. And surely do not listen to the masses if they disagree- do what you know is right and needed and explain why later.
2. Ask for Help From Experts and Then Listen To Them
If you’ve been in a leadership role for any amount of time, you have likely realized that you don’t know everything. Situations will arise that surpass your knowledge base, your pay grade, and even your comfort level. And those are the times where the people you lead will look to you the most.
So what do you do?
You do exactly what President Trump did- reach out to the experts and ask for help. And, when you get their advice, you trust what they say, listen, and act.
You will notice that President Trump was, for him, rather quiet for a bit. That’s because he was busy building a task force of experts that could not just offer advice but actively HELP. And not until they all were on the same page with a plan, did he come to the American people.
That is solid, inspiring leadership. That takes humility, reverence for the situation, patience, and thoughtfulness.
What We Can Learn as Business Owners and Leaders
President Trump is not a doctor. He’s not an expert in medicine. Trump is certainly not an expert in pandemics. But he knows people that are and asked for their help. Follow Trump’s leadership style and learn to ask for help. And when you get the advice, take it and honor it.
3. Do Not Micromanage
We all know how damaging micromanaging can be. How President Trump gathered his task force and LET THEM GET TO WORK is EXACTLY how, as a leader and business owner, you can help your business and employees grow.
Notice that President Trump is not:
- Avoiding delegation
- Controlling all decisions
- Losing sight of the bigger picture
- Ignoring feedback
- Stuck in a box where innovation dies
What We Can Learn as Business Owners and Leaders
In all press conferences about the Coronavirus, you will see that President Trump is there for a short time, reassures everyone, and then gets out of the way so the experts can do what they need.
It’s simple leaders- you need to get your team assembled and get out of the way.
4. Intentionally Communicate and Show Up
Whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, Fox News, or the many press conferences, our leader has communicated clearly and shown up. President Trump has done a fantastic job of communicating in many different forms during this process, as well as he’s shown his face.
Here are a few of the different ways he’s communicated and why they’ve been so crucial:
Trump Has Reassured Us
In just about every interview or press conference, President Trump has reassured the American people that we are going to be OK. He has used words and phrases that remind us we are strong, we will get through this, we are smart, and ultimately- we are OK.
You know that feeling you got, as a kid, when something happened that scared you and how just hearing “you’re going to be OK” from someone in authority causes you to exhale instantly? Yeah, that’s what Trump has been doing.
Trump Has Withheld Some Information Until the Time Was Right
Years ago, my husband and I lost his youngest brother to suicide. Our kids at the time were three and seven years old. It was a big deal because we lived in Fargo, ND, and had to fly to Eugene, Oregon, within hours. While our three-year-old didn’t understand what was going on, our seven-year-old was very aware. My husband and I wrestled with not just how to tell our son his uncle had passed away, but how much to say to him. We took into account his age, his maturity, his innocence, and his seven-year-old perspective at the time.
Ultimately- we chose not to tell our kids how their uncle passed away but only tell them that he had died.
Why? Because at their age they didn’t even know suicide was a thing (so why put that in their minds) and from their small perspectives, it was “normal” for “old” people to die.
While we were dealing with shock, trauma, grief, and a slew of other things, we felt very strongly about protecting their innocence and hearts. So- we let them think what they did and take in small amounts of information over time.
Our boys are older now, and they both know how their uncle died. They are at the ages where they can wrestle with death and more significant issues like suicide. They know what kinds of questions to ask us and, what’s most important, they trust us more now than then. It’s not that they didn’t trust us before, but we’ve built even more trust now. We’re a safe place to learn and feel tough things.
President Trump’s Leadership Style Is Often Exactly How We (Should) Lead Our Families
That’s what President Trump is doing. He very intentionally didn’t offer a lot of information other than he was “working on it.” He also communicated first with our governors who he let communicate with us. At this time, he was still gathering his task force and making a plan. Any more information to an entire country could have caused a level of panic we’ve not seen before.
Are we a bunch of immature 7-year-olds? No, but sometimes we act like it.
When there was a clear plan with experienced people leading the way- Trump laid it all out, answered questions in great detail, and gave us the information he knew we (and his team) were ready for.
Trump Showed His Face
Today, Trump and his team held a press conference at the White House. Trump made some opening remarks, answered some questions, and then left the rest to his team. He showed his face and then got out of the way. Another lesson we’re learning from Trump’s leadership style: show your face.
What Can We Learn From Trump’s Communication Style?
As leaders, we can learn when to communicate, what to communicate, how to communicate, and that being seen makes a big difference.
5. Understand That Shit Rolls Downhill
There’s a saying in the military that “shit rolls downhill.” Meaning that when someone above you gets in trouble, or something happens, or they make a decision- that shit will roll down to the lowest rank.
When it comes to Presidents, Trump understands this better than any other. That’s why one of the most significant moves he made, and one of the things he communicated the most, is that the people affected by the Coronavirus the most will be American workers that lose jobs or pay.
Trump understands that social distancing will cause hourly workers to lose all their hours, teachers to go weeks without pay, and many people without the means to pay to live. This shit is rolling down a big ass hill.
Trump, being able to see this, has beat the ball of shit rolling down that hill and put up protections and provisions for the American people. Call it the mother of all shit bombs, call it the most prominent shit collector ever, call it what you want- but it’s pure genius. Trump deeply understands how his choices will affect the single Mom working two min-wage jobs at a diner.
As a leader or business owner- it’s your job to be able to see that hill and prevent your shit from rolling down it. It’s your job to see into the future and do what you need in order to take care of your people.
Summing it Up
We could go on and on and give examples for days on what we’re learning from President Trump’s leadership style, but we think you get the idea. Leaders- look past the media and panic and study President Trump’s leadership style. Practice it. Enhance it. We’ll be better because of it.