Leadership – No Experience Required

If you were hiring a contractor to build your house, presumably you’d hire one with experience building. If you were hiring a driver to drive your car, presumably you’d hire one with experience driving. If you were hiring a tailor to make you a suit, presumably you’d hire one with experience tailoring.

But for some reason this minimum standard – “experience required” – does not apply to hiring a leader. It certainly does not apply to hiring an American president.

My objection to the projection of Donald Trump on the national stage has nothing to do with psychology or ideology. It has everything to do with his lack of experience – his complete lack of experience as a political leader.

He would insist that he has been a leader and he would be right. He has been a leader, in business, and a successful one at that. But I would no more suggest someone for American president who had not a lick of experience in government than I would suggest someone for the New York Yankees who had not a lick of experience playing baseball – whose only experience in sports was playing for the New York Jets.

Nor is this time the first time. Last time around we voted into the Oval Office a man who had government experience – but not much. Barack Obama was elected president of the United State after having served in the U.S. Senate for just over one half of one term.

There is no other occupation that requires so woefully little of those who profess to practice it. It’s nuts when you think about it – that so many of us are willing to entrust the national welfare to a rank amateur.

 

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