Leadership and Experience – 7 life lessons from Donald Trump’s presidential victory

12 Nov

We have woken up to the news that Donald Trump is now the 45th president of America. Love him or loathe him he has done what he set out to accomplish. I find myself being drawn more and more into politics now more than ever and truly believe deep down that though I was not drawn to Donald Trump and his views, I really felt that he was the best person for the job.
Donald Trump from what I have observed and from many discussions with others is not a politician but rather a salesman. However, in my personal opinion what made Donald Trump win this election is due to the fact that he has mastered the art of his salesmanship and become very experienced in it that he is able to lead others into believing and following after his views on things.
He has been preparing for a time like this long before he was presented as a presidential candidate. His experience as a successful businessman has shown him the pitfalls to avoid and the paths to continue on in order to enjoy continued success.
As a leader, what has your experiences taught you to avoid and what should you capitalize on? To stand on a podium and declare to people that you have a great plan to become the next president when everything and everyone around may not see it takes a lot of guts and full confidence in your abilities. However, to get to that point requires that individual to have experienced something in life that gives him/her the audacity to think and speak in such a manner.
To undermine the experiences you have faced in life is at a total detriment to your own well being. I say this confidently and with boldness but not arrogantly because the lessons I have learnt from my experiences has proven to me that empathy as a leader is a vital ingredient. I set up a Social Enterprise not knowing my left or right but with just one thought in mind, wanting to be the shoulder that someone else can lean on and become empowered in their life’s journey.
Donald Trump, was already used to standing in front of an audience and delivering speeches, being in leadership roles and convincing people of his way of things. He had mastered the art of conveying his message in order for people to buy into his way of doing things. This I believe would have led him to capitalise on that followership and so jumped on the opportunity to become America’s 45th president.
I draw lessons from his victory today in the following;

1). Stick to what you are good at and don’t deviate

2). Your experiences in life are for a reason, don’t look down on them.

3). Not everyone will like you but that should not change who you are

4). Change is good don’t be afraid to step out from what appears to be the norm and the safer option.

5). Present yourself forward even though you may not directly appear to be right person for the position.

6). To a be a great leader don’t be afraid to acknowledge your weaknesses and surround yourself with the right people to support you.

7). Have the audacity to dream big.

Magdalene Adenaike FRSA, multiple award winning entrepreneur is a purpose driven individual whose desire is to see everyone living life to their fullest capacity. Her greatest passion is assisting women and youths unearth their ‘why’. Magdalene is no stranger to struggles as she became a mom in her teen years. The personal experiences she gained in that situation, and her expertise as a singer and songwriter synchronized beautifully thus birthing Music Relief. Music Relief runs music as therapy workshop programmes that provides a fertile environment for youths who are marginalised and from disadvantaged backgrounds within the society, building confidence and self-esteem to blossom into actualized individuals. Magdalene facilitates mentoring programmes for women who are seeking to start their own businesses within the education, corporate and voluntary sectors and strives to continue creating platforms where others are able to share their stories and be empowered. 


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