Leaders Behaving Badly

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When I finished writing the ‘Trump’ book I thought that was it. I’d done it. I’d said my piece. I’d said Trump’s behaviours were not okay. I’d offered some alternative behaviours for leaders and potential leaders to follow rather than thinking that if it was okay for the President of the USA to marginalise and abuse people, then it must be okay for others to treat people that way. It isn’t!

Even after I’d closed the book off (albeit with the words ‘To be continued’), I really thought he couldn’t get any worse, and then every day he did.

He seemed to have no ability or desire to learn on the job or to improve his communication skills. It was clear that his modus operandi would be to keep on endlessly blaming others for mistakes he was making and I watched in never-ending horror as his name-calling, fabrications and highly dangerous tweeting continued unabated.

It became more obvious by the day that he had no concept of the right thing to do in any given situation, in fact if there was a right way or a wrong way to do something, it seemed that he would most likely choose the wrong way even when choosing the right way was possibly even simpler.

Leaders should model good behaviour. They should be above name-calling and blaming and throwing people under buses. Sadly, Donald Trump isn’t. So I will keep on writing because I fear his ‘normalising’ bad behaviours, not only in other politicians but in other leaders, in communities, in schools, in families and in children.

We have an acknowledged global online bullying problem, so doing what he does via Twitter gives permission to the kids who have a tendency towards bullying others online. It’s fairly logical for people who have a tendency to bullying to think it must be okay if the President of the USA gets away with doing it on a daily basis.

Part 1 of the book focuses on the complex and confusing leadership enigma.

Part 2 of the book focuses on politicians behaving badly.

Part 3 of the book looks at presidents behaving badly.

Part 4 of the book focuses on leaders and politicians behaving naively.

Part 5 of the book is about a thirst for change on a global level.

Part 6 of the book shares the emergence of what I’ll call the Fourth Wave.

‘Never let yourself be persuaded that any one Great Man, any one leader, is necessary to the salvation of America. When America consists of one leader and 158 million followers, it will no longer be America.’ — Dwight D. Eisenhower