After the 45th President of the United States took office, Nili Goldfein – an Associate Partner in NGG – contemplates about the role of administrators. Just like every other leader in business or politics, Donald Trump voluntarily chose to walk the path leading him to the highest peak reachable in American hierarchy. And, just like every other leader, he is liable to pay the price on every level, be it personal, business or family
Since the beginning of time, philosophers, politicians and scientists dipped their hand in the attempt to crack the genome of charisma and leadership. Be it governance, politics or trade – the ability to lead and impact, for better or worse, is a hidden gem, one that echoes all – to this day.
The contemporary business world is burdened with many sleepless nights concerning the lack of “talent” available on the market. Those who would take the modern world by the hand and lead us fiercely into a significant, distinct practice onwards and into the 21st century – marking the beginning of a new dawn, a new age, a new life. The amount of challenges the common manager is presented with is intangible (and rising), the line between utter failure to downright success in thinning considerably (and hence, the level of risk ascends). Young generations entering the work force are disinterested in taking a managing role upon themselves as they perceive it as a sort of serfdom, and with reason.
Leadership – a conscious choice by force
The process of training managers and leaders stresses the value of responsibility through the decision of choosing a managerial path. At the intersection in which a soldier becomes an officer, a successful businessman chooses to be a professional manager and a junior manager is promoted to partner – a conscious choice is made.
The choice may rely upon materialistic benefits: an upgraded car, a downsized cellphone, a widespread corner office with a 6-digit salary… Still, managerial positions come at a hefty price – you are more vulnerable and held at stake, your family pays the price for your absence (both physically and mentally) – and while the living standards are improved, that very same corner office now consists of constant incomers and outers who bring you challenges-solutions-problems – or rather, stress. At the end of the day, you are criticized more harshly than before, and at the same time are expected to be of service to the people, state, soldiers and employees – whoever your subordinates are in whatever managerial role you have taken upon yourself.
Leadership – from a professional managers to state administrators
The US’s 45th president, Donald Trump, is not what one would call a professional politician. Simply put, he is a businessman. He was not a senator, nor was he the secretary of state or the vice president. The professional sphere was where he had felt more at home – along with Show Business, of course. With his swift switch into the White House, one truth seems fit: you can take the businessman out of the business, but you can’t take the business out of the businessman. Regardless, he will work harder. His family will pay the price (as his younger ones already are). He will become more exposed, maligned, vilified – the subject of assassination. His personal degrees of freedom will diminish and the amount of criticism toward him will exceed. Presumably, he was aware of the “fine”, and yet, he still chose to run for office – and he had won.
While viewing his inauguration speech, I hold on to the glimpse of hope that the choice he made, to leader the complex business complex that is the United States of America, will carry a constructive message. A desire to change, to influence and be significant – and the willingness to pay the prices quoted above. This choice, a conscious one to reach the peak of leadership, might just turn out to be a little, glistening light and sliver of hope.