A good leader is someone who is honest, reliable, confident, believable, inspiring, visionary, fair, committed and conscientious with a strong moral compass.
A recent Huffington Post/YouGov poll asked Americans to describe their presidential candidates in one word. The top five words which came out of this were:
Clinton: Liar, dishonest, crooked, untrustworthy, criminal
Trump: Arrogant, racist, asshole, idiot, loudmouth
At the end of the day, the success or failure of a business lies with the owner. Good leaders inspire their employees. They take responsibility for their decision and actions, directly address concerns as they arise and treat everyone equally and with respect.
From what we’ve seen so far in this US presidential campaign, neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton would be employable in the real world. None of the traits used to describe them in the recent poll would appear anywhere in a job description for a person in a managerial position, which begs the question: should either of them be employed by the nation?
No company wants someone to represent them who’s shown themselves to be unwilling to take responsibility for their actions; attacks and offends large groups of people on a regular basis and has unanswered ethical questions in their work history. In day to day life, if an average person behaved in the way which these two candidates have, they would be swiftly disciplined if not dismissed.
Mr Trump in particular has shown himself to be impulsive, rude and aggressive with extreme and offensive opinions which would bring any company he worked for into disrepute. I can’t see any employer being willing to put up with that sort of behaviour.
When applying for a job, people would be expected to put their best foot forward looking to impress potential employers with their qualifications and personality. HR departments can carry out social media checks on all applicants before they get to the interview stage in order to build an idea of who they are as a person and what kind of employee they are likely to be.
This is even more important when recruiting for a managerial position. Based on the content of his Twitter account alone, Mr Trump would be unlikely to ever be called for interview.
When a person becomes unemployable they often become employers. However as we’ve heard many times, people don’t leave jobs they leave bosses. If a business owner behaved the way these candidates have then the company would have an extremely high turnover rate.
Aside from the fact that numerous employment laws would have been broken, few people would be willing to put up with a boss who behaved in this way. Given that the US presidential campaign is essentially a job interview, albeit a very public one, the behaviour exhibited so far leaves serious questions about the employability of the candidates.