You may have voted for Donald Trump. You may not have. It doesn’t matter at this point, it’s all over and we must stay united. I did not vote for either major party candidate. Having said that, I am not in alignment with those who think the country is doomed, nor do I think America will suddenly become “great again”. I am going to trust God and allow Him to work through our government officials. In short, I have a “wait and see” attitude.
This article is about what I learned from the election. Specifically, what I learned from Mr. Trump. As students of leadership, we should take every opportunity to learn from every situation. His team accomplished what was seemingly impossible. He will be sworn in as President of the United States, without ever having served in public office or in the military. No one has ever done that before. At the beginning, hardly anyone gave Mr. Trump a chance. He’s a billionaire businessman and a celebrity! It was a joke, yet he managed to pull it off. And he didn’t just barely win, he won big, against one of the most famous and well established politicians alive today. What was his secret? There are 6 key takeaways that every leader should pay attention to:
1. If you want something, you have to have the right mindset. No one is going to give you anything. If they give it to you, it’s not worth having and you won’t respect it. No one is going to believe in your dreams if you don’t.
a. Define your goal.
b. Identify the gap between you and the goal.
c. Educate yourself on how to fill the gap.
2. Form a strong team. It is obvious that Mr. Trumps family and political team support and help him a great deal, as they should. I suggest utilizing God first, then family, then friends / coworkers / experts. Some are there for support, others for their technical competency, etc.
3. Align the team around the goal. Get feedback and buy-in. Constantly fuel the vision with positivity that flows from you into the team. I never heard Mr. Trump say anything except, “we’re going to win”.
4. Plan. – Your plan needs to be evergreen, always ready to adjust to the changing environment. Constantly research components of the plan, stay flexible, etc. Only dynamic teams become truly great.
5. Execute. – Mr. Trump never stopped executing. Even when it was very apparent that he was making mistakes. Mistakes are ok and it means you are stretching yourself. As long as you bounce back and don’t make the same mistake again, you get to claim it as experience. Keep executing.
6. Follow-Up and revisit steps 1-5 when necessary.– Once something is implemented or a goal is reached, it is important to understand what the follow-up looks like. In this case, Mr. Trump will be under the watchful eye of the American people. He works for us now.
I am not necessarily a Trump fan or hater, but I do respect planning and execution. Mr. Trump utilized these steps. Are they included in your goal setting process?