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Is Donald Trump a great Leader? Just hear me out.

26th Jul 2018
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Donald Trump has taken USA politics by storm in recent years. A questionable approach from a man with questionable morals, some would say. However, looking at the definition and qualities of a 'Leader' perhaps there is something in 'The Donald' s approach.

One definition of a leader is 'someone with a vision who can inspire people to follow them willingly'. Trump unexpectedly won the presidency by securing the popular vote and, 12 months into his tenure, is still riding high in the opinion polls. A large number of Americans like the style and content of what he offers.

For me, his style and content of language is very striking - simple, short, memorable descriptions that conjure up visions of what he wants the U.S.A. to be . There are many examples: "America first" ; "Drain the swamp" (a dig at the over bureaucratic nature of local government); "Build the wall", a reference to excessive illegal immigrants entering the States from Mexico. Short, visionary language that the voter in the street can relate to, from somebody who believes that the American people do come first.

Even recently, in preparing to attend the NATO conference on Brussels, he made reference to America being "the world's piggy bank and it has to stop" - a reference to USA's 3.5% contribution of GDP to other countries' 2% or less.

Before you shoot me down, I'm no fan of Donald Trump, and believe his past views towards women and others, to be morally questionable. However if you want an example of leadership in action, then Trump seems to offer a leadership style that connects with many of the American people, and people do follow him willingly.

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