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The Management Mistakes of Mr Donald Trump

The US President certainly has a leadership style all of his own, but how effective a manager is he? We examine some of the management mistakes of his tenure in the White House so far...

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There’s no question that Donald Trump is one of the world’s most polarizing figures, loved and hated in equal measures by citizens of the United States and internationally. His unique approach to politics and leadership has won him both acclaim and criticism from members of the public and his contemporaries, and predictions around his success as President typically range from ‘making America great again’ to the apocalyptic. 

But how good is Trump as a manager? He may be the President but he is still the leader of a team in the classic sense – he has employees, colleagues and a team that he must manage effectively in order for the business (in this case, the government) to run smoothly. 

According to revelations made by Michael Wolff in his explosive book ‘Fire and Fury’, as well as a new illustrative piece by STL in London, Trump isn’t doing the best of jobs when it comes to team management:

According to STL’s analysis, Trump is making six crucial management mistakes: 

– He lets his staff members turn on each other, often publicly
– He often undermines his employees, in both public and private settings
– He appears to place more emphasis on personal loyalty than he does overall strategy
– He often goes off brand message, regularly contradicting other members of his party
– He ignores expert opinions, preferring instead to go with his gut instinct
– He doesn’t delegate important decisions to those with a higher level of expertise

Of course, Trump clearly has strong experience and ability as a businessman, and this by no means makes him a poor leader. However, it does highlight areas where he could perhaps improve, and make the Republican party a stronger and more stable place to work. 

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