On Monday, June 4th I met Donald Trump. Yes, you read that right. I met the 45th President of the United States two weeks ago. I met with him in the White House. I know you are wondering how and why did I get the opportunity to meet with President Donald Trump. I will share the details later but there is something I want you to know first. Donald Trump is the 5th president that I have had the remarkable opportunity to have a personal encounter. That’s right, I have had the privilege of direct personal contact with four other US presidents. Now it’s five.
Not every one of these experiences has been a pleasant experience, but positive or negative, I learned important lessons about leadership from them all. I would like to offer you five insights that I have learned from personal life experiences with five different leaders of the “Free World’. These insights can apply to any leader at any level.
- Character Matters: Who you really are gets magnified when you are put in a position of leadership. You can’t wait until you get a leadership position and then try to be a better person. If you have character flaws or faults, they will become magnified in leadership. It’s important to work to improve your character now.
- Presence Matters: The best leaders are the ones who show up when showing up matters. The people who follow you, expect to see you during the difficult times as much as they see you when things are going well. Be a present leader that has a presence.
- Service Matters: Leaders must always remember that your responsibility is to serve those that you lead. Your position is a position of consequence, you should be consequential for the people you lead. The greatest leaders have learned to serve first, lead second.
- Follow-Through Matters: It’s easy for leaders to make promises and commitments to those they lead. It’s much harder to keep those promises and commitments. Always do your best to do what you said what you will do. The people are expecting to see results.
- Compassion Matters: People don’t care what you know until they know that you care. Never be afraid to tell and show people what you care about. Sharing is caring. The best leaders are never afraid to show that they care. Be authentic in your sharing as well.
I hope you can apply these insights to how you lead. I am doing my best to apply them daily.
PS: Check out this video to learn the important reason why I got to meet President Donald Trump