As the US presidential election draws to a close, are there any lessons to be learnt about leaders and the way great leaders behave? This article highlights the dangers and the potential consequences of creating fear as a leader, dealing with a reluctance to change, at giving insufficient or heavily biased information and of simply pushing views on to others without listening or understanding the impact of those messages . If leaders behaved like this in organisations, you can't help but wonder just how successful those organisations would be!
Disillusion among U.S. voters is so high that we no longer believe that anyone of the opposing party cares about public service, such that Secretary Clinton’s career was painted as a lifetime of self-promotion. For more than a decade politicians have campaigned against Washington insiders, but the tone is now such that not only are politicians dismissed as ineffectual, but even their motives are questioned. The downward spiral of distrust, particularly for those of the other party seems likely to persevere. For instance, while there are some voter irregularities, even high-end estimates suggest a trivial percentage of the 126 million votes cast in 2012 were corrupt. Yet, a substantial portion of U.S. citizens believe that the Democratic party is rigging election results and the Republican party is trying to suppress voter turnout.