In this week’s GOP Presidential Nomination Debate, Donald Trump shared an interesting look into his leadership philosophy. If you missed it, take a look for yourself:
This is not a political commentary or endorsement of a particular political position. It’s a few observations about a philosophy of leadership that many people believe is still effective in the 21st century despite plenty of evidence to the contrary.
The philosophy is essentially this: I’m the leader so you do what I say.
What are the beliefs and implications behind that philosophy? A few include:
- The leader is smarter than anyone else.
- The leader has all the answers.
- The leader has more power than anyone else.
- The leader is in absolute control.
- Don’t question the leader.
- Followers don’t need to think for themselves. Just follow the leader.
- Command and control leadership is the best way to lead.
It’s certainly one way to lead and it will undoubtedly produce results. You’re likely to achieve:
- Compliance, rather than cooperation or collaboration.
- People checking their brains at the door.
- Less creativity and innovation.
- Low or no trust in leadership.
- Poor morale and low engagement.
- Bad customer service.
Apparently it’s worked for The Donald over the years and it might be right for you, too. The choice is yours. Use at your own risk.