The election season is underway. I may not be a political expert, but like most of you, I have opinions about the presidential candidates. Being a student of leadership, it’s always of interest to me who rises and who falls in the presidential race...and who derails like John Edwards in ’08. Many will attempt to convince us in the months ahead that he or she is the best person to lead our country.
These are some adages I consider when screening CEO candidates for my clients. I believe these principles also have relevance to our electoral choices:
1. Character and competence always trump charisma.
2. The best predictor of what a person can and will do is what he or she has done.
3. A person will eventually manifest who he or she really is, particularly under stress.
The infamous low information voters will likely ignore these principles and for sure violate principle 1, but hopefully enough Americans will make informed decisions to elect the right CEO of our country in 2016.
What qualities are you looking for in our elected officials?
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