Oh My! So much mud! So many ads! So many debates! So many exaggerations! What do we do when we go to the polls to elect the GOP nominee?
The majority of the time, you hear the media talk issues, voting records, skeletons in the closet and an entire host of other things. But I just don’t hear a great deal about the leadership strengths the GOP candidates would bring to the White House.
After having observed each of the candidates, I want to give you my two cents on what leadership traits they do bring to the table. And, as a leadership coach, I do believe that these skills should be considered when you walk into the ballot box.
The Candidates Listed in Alphabetical Order by:
Newt Gingrich: Strong presentation skills, decades of political experience, knows where the political landmines are, uses storytelling effectively to let people know where we have been and where we are going. He is tough and makes no apologies about being straightforward.
Rick Perry: Charisma and that swagger that we often see come from Texas. He knows what his followers want, and he knows how to speak to what his supporters want to hear. When he is “on”, he is infectious (in a positive way). He does not try to be something is isn’t and is strong with using self depricating humor.
Ron Paul: Authentic, trustworthy, steady, consistent, patient and willing to go against the grain. Paul is on a mission, and that mission is not to win a popularity contest but to inspire people with a compelling message of liberty, freedom and justice for all. He inspires people to follow him into unconventional territory using a vision that he has been speaking about for 20 years. He does not give up!
Mitt Romney: Strong business acumen, strong executive presence, pragmatic, turn-around experience and driven by details and facts. Romney strikes me as a results-oriented leader who is always looking at the bottom line so that he can execute a plan to improve it.
Rick Santorum: Principled, strong family values and a track record of political experience. He seems to have a deep passion and a purpose, and this does mean something in the world of leadership. He is not a pushover and knows how to take a stand when attacked.
If you are voting in any of the upcoming Republican primaries, just keep these in mind as you vote. You are not just voting based on issues. You are voting for a leader!