In my opinion Donald Trump's leadership style is a step - well maybe a massive leap - too far in how to stand out from the crowd and 'be different'.
However, leaders that display slightly 'wacky' opinions and are outspoken are more likely to create a more loyal and hardworking following from their teams/employees. This 'flair' (as it may be described) gives not only the individual leader 'the edge' but it gives the business/team they represent that vital differentiation. This creates the added value that most organisations struggle to even identify themselves, let alone more importantly, in turn portray to their customers/clients when looking at winning new business or retaining existing business.
The wackier the better in my opinion, but just not a Trump!!
Mr Trump flies around in a private plane with his name emblazoned on it. He humiliates job applicants in his television show, “The Apprentice”. Four Trump-themed businesses have declared bankruptcy since 1991. He refers to women as “pieces of ass” and boasts about how well he gets on with “the blacks”. NBC and Univision have stopped broadcasting his “Miss USA” and “Miss Universe” competitions over his comments on Mexican immigrants. He has also faced a firestorm of criticism for his misogynist comments on a Fox News journalist, Megyn Kelly. But is there a little bit of Mr Trump in all powerful people? This question kept occurring to your columnist while reading a new book, “Friend and Foe”, by Adam Galinsky and Maurice Schweitzer.