Donald J. Trump has had many roles in his long and dazzling career. His initial work as a real estate developer and entrepreneur eventually led to his success as an internationally-known television celebrity and now as the 45th President of the United States. In each of these career milestones, Mr. Trump has exhibited consistent leadership traits that have helped shape his success.
Trump’s Leadership Personality
Donald Trump is known by many people as a very dynamic, forceful personality. He has a “take-charge” attitude and a take-no-prisoners style that some people perceive as arrogance. However, this dynamic personality is actually an important part of his leadership style, one that has propelled him to billions of dollars of worth.
Confidence is the underlying component of that dynamic personality. Donald Trump is brimming with confidence in his abilities and his business acumen. Being confident influences others that depend on his leadership and pushes them to believe in their own abilities. A confident attitude can also influence business relationships; in Mr. Trump’s case, his skill in developing and negotiating complex deals was helped by his confidence that these deals were smart business moves. To watch his confidence in action, watch one of his recent speeches here.
Making Decisions as a Leader
As a leader, Donald Trump has had to make many tough decisions. These have included what projects he wanted to pursue, who he wished to deal with, and how he strives to maximize every business venture. Although he may seem to some as an impulsive character, it has been shown over his years in business that he is rather conservative in his investments and business dealings. As a real estate investor and developer, he often chose “safe” investments that would gain value in a slower fashion than other developments. He also understands that risky investments are a recipe for disaster if stock markets crash, the real estate bubble bursts, or the economy experiences a downswing. His ability to analyze an investment situation and make decisions based on that analysis have brought him incredible success over the years.
Building a Team
He has made another important decision that has influenced his work in the business world and his nascent political career: the decision to build a team. Donald Trump has hand-selected most of the people he has worked with over the years such as managers and advisors. To the outside world, it may seem that he has surrounded himself with “yes men”, but this is simply not the case. Trump chooses business team members that share his vision and are willing to take the steps needed to ensure success. Sometimes, those team members will say “no” and provide valuable insight into why a particular decision needs to be made or scrapped in favor of something else.
Trump’s team-building skill comes from his ability as a character judge. He has a keen ability to detect motivation and drive in people, and those are the ones he selects for his team. The people on his team must be willing and able to work as hard as he does, make the same sorts of decisions, and commit to working together to further Trump’s business empire.
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