When you think of a good leader what are the qualities that come to mind?
About a week ago, a group of Republican voters were surveyed to find out what they did or didn’t like about Donald Trump. A variety of responses came to light, both positive and negative.
One woman in favor of Trump really grabbed my attention with the following statement – “He’s strong, he’s decisive, and somewhat terrifying. But I think that’s a good thing.”
I was completely taken aback.
Here’s why. I’ve done leadership, team building, and communication programs for nearly a decade. Of all the times I’ve heard employees talk about what they need or want from leadership, the word “terrifying” has never, ever, ever been utilized. Instead I usually hear things like “We want our leaders to be: supportive, transparent, encouraging, respectful, engaged, understanding, and approachable.” That is a far stretch from ‘terrifying.’
I can’t imagine that many people, if given the choice, would rather work for or be led by someone whose character traits carried such negative connotations.
The only place I can think of where this mentality might work is in regards to gang leaders. Surely we don’t want that for our presidency or organizations we work with.
I, myself, am not stating one way or the other whether Trump is terrifying. You can decide for yourself. I’m staying away from the politics.
I would like to go on record however, as stating – ‘terrifying’ is not a quality we should consider as a superior quality for someone who will be leading us at home, at work, on a sports team, in an organization, or in presidency. It just isn’t!