Joe Biden: Leadership, Competence, & Character

By | January 21, 2021

[January 21, 2021]  Yesterday, Joe Biden took the oath of office of the President of the United States. With it, he promised to unite a nation divided, support the Constitution, and restore American core values.  As well, he describes himself as a political moderate.

Leadership:

Those who occupy positions of great authority in government have an inherent responsibility to do precisely that in bringing people together to achieve a goal (or vision).  To successfully accomplish this task requires a leader who has the character and professional competence to lead from the front.

Good leadership means convincing people to do things they would not ordinarily do.  Great leadership means getting them to do so because they ‘want’ to do it.  Senior leadership, especially in times of crises, is exceedingly difficult, more so than any ordinary person could ever envision. Joe Biden has taken the leadership reins of the most powerful nation on earth, a country that has been a guiding light to others for many generations.

Competence:

The question asked repeatedly has been whether Joe Biden can lead at this level. Anyone who is honest knows that Joe Biden is prone to verbal gaffes, memory lapses, and times that he doesn’t know where he is. Frankly, that will make his presidency difficult.  He has dementia.  The question is how long it will take before he can no longer function.

However, I do not think that is as big of a problem as some make it out.  Many will argue that Biden is the very best candidate that the U.S. could have in the presidency.  Others, like myself, will disagree.  The debate itself is good and should continue.  The issue at hand is whether Biden has the political, social, and decision-making skills necessary.  I believe this will be a point of controversy for as long as he is President.

Character:

Let me be blunt. The real problem is that Joe Biden does not have today, nor has he ever had, the strength of character to lead the United States.  This comment is not a political statement. It is the truth.  Those who can be honest with themselves know this to be a reality.  Biden’s history is full of his character failures in the form of political corruption; both himself and members of his family.

When a leader takes over a senior position, their responsibilities begin immediately; no excuses, dithering, or indecisiveness.  Yet, passing the buck has already started.  Joe Biden is blaming Donald Trump for the state of American, its divisions, and all its problems.  Such blame-shifting is a poor reflection upon any leader.  The most powerful position in the world, the President of the United States, cannot be blaming others.  Period.

Joe Biden has already failed to take advantage of his position to bring America together.  Instead of leading – telling his supporters to stop defaming Trump’s voters – he encourages their continued arrogance, vindictiveness, and bullying.  There are now calls for re-education camps, blacklists, and the murder of Trump voters.  Biden is remaining quiet.  By not addressing the issue upfront, he implicitly endorses these actions – now repeatedly and openly discussed by mainstream elected Democrats and major news media pundits.

Using his own measure of a leader, Joe Biden is neither a moderate nor a uniter of the American people.  That is certain.  Perhaps he is waiting for an unforeseen opportunity.  If so, by that time, it will be too late.  To be a leader means being a leader immediately.

“Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f**k things up.” – Barack Obama

Joe Biden does not have the character to be successful as President of the United States.

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Note: see an earlier article where I compared leadership traits between Joe Biden and Donald Trump on 20 points.  Biden faired poorly.   https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-comparison-biden-vs-trump/

Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

Hello. I'm Doug and I provide at least one article every day on some leadership topic. I welcome comments and also guests who would like to write an article. Thanks for reading my blog.

57 thoughts on “Joe Biden: Leadership, Competence, & Character

  1. Martha Gertrude

    Joe Biden has proven himself incapable of seeing his own weaknesses. That is the downfall of many leaders. The recent debacle in Afghanistan and chaos at out southern border are just 2 examples.

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  2. Frank Graham

    Incompetence, moral depravity, and dementia. What a combo. As this past week’s activities have pointed out, Joe Biden and team are not on the side of the people. Period.

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  3. Anya B.

    Leading up to the US election, I never gave much thought to Joe Biden or his team. There was no way a man in the basement, who rarely came out to speak, who promised to raise taxes, destroy the oil industry, and do away with good jobs and the best foreign policy of any nation could ever get elected. But, guess I was wrong.

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    1. Colleen Ramirez

      There are no surprises here. There is a clear and dangerous LACK of CHARACTER and MORAL STANDING with Joe Biden. The next few months will prove it. For example, he denies his son Hunter Biden got any money from China. Proof is on the “laptop from hell.”

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  4. Dennis Mathes

    Joe Biden and Kamala Harris both are incompetent when it comes to high-level politics. We will all witness this over the next few months and years. And, they have a bunch of inexperience nitwits in high-level positions who will do stupid things like putting 5,000 National Guard members in a parking lot with one bathroom. As Forrest Gump always said, “stupid is, as stupid does.”

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    1. America is Great

      When you lack the basic moral standing, you will always fail. In this case, they will fail but we, the people, will feel the consequences.

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      1. Rev. Michael Cain

        Always, Always fail. Slo Joe probably can’t get it up either.

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    2. Don Snow

      We are starting to see all this now. All their actions are for SHOW, and not for SUBSTANCE. What do we call that? Bow to your superior, boy! The Biden-Harris administration will forever be known as the most incompetent “leaders” a country has ever experienced. Even Jimmy Carter is happy to see them. He will no longer be the worst president in American history.

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  5. Scotty Bush

    What about Hunter Biden, James Biden, Jill Biden and other family members involved in Joe Biden’s corruption? How can a man accumulate a $300 million fortune from being a state Senator? Simple answer is corruption! The most corrupt president in US history is taking the reigns of power.

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    1. Rudy MacMaster

      There is no surprise for anyone who resists the news media propaganda. I, like Gen. Satterfield, am a patriot. I love the USA. That doesn’t mean I’m blind to her faults. My goal is always to do good. Joe Biden’s goal is to do good for himself.

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      1. Franklin Charles

        Yeah Rudy. I think most individuals here are on board and not like Antifa and BLM terrorists. 🇺🇸❤️

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  6. Albert Ayer

    Every time I think of Joe Biden, I think of the Roadrunner Cartoon I used to watch as a kid. Biden is the frustrated Wile E. Coyote.

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  7. Army Vet

    Biden can do his part to lower the temperature of our politics and raise the tone simply by not stirring the pot every day and by honoring the norms of American society. So far, he has proven he is incapable of doing so. Let’s hope he gets his shit together quickly.

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    1. Doc Blackshear

      Hi Army Vet, fan of yours here! I don’t think Biden is capable at all of “lowering the temperature.” Prove me wrong, please, somebody prove me wrong.

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  8. Drew Dill

    I don’t know much about Joe Biden, except for what I see on television. What I see is not good. For example, he called for the US Senate to impeach and try past Pres Donald Trump. That’s like kicking a person when they are down. If you want unity, this is not the way to do it. When Gen. Satterfield argues that Joe Biden does not have the moral character to be President, he just hit the ball out of the park.

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    1. Tracey Brockman

      Well said. I will add that every day that Joe Biden speaks, he is more and more divisive. US Presidents have been good at least in saying they want those who voted against them to unite under a banner of Americanism. Joe Biden called Trump voters racists, Fascists, and in need of re-programming. This is not a person who unites but a person who divides. I predict Joe Biden’s popularity is about to crash.

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      1. Rowen Tabernackle

        Drew and Tracey, great comments. I don’t completely agree but you have made excellent points. I don’t think Pres Biden is stupid like so many say.

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      2. Bryan Z. Lee

        Pres Joe Biden will muck up the USA in a big way. Fortunately the muck up will take a long time and people will soon start to see that his policies are all about show and nothing about substance.

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        1. Colleen Ramirez

          Yes, in a way that no one will be able to forget for the next 100 years.

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  9. Sean Matthews, Jr.

    Another superb article from Gen. Satterfield, laying out the dynamics and complexities of real leadership in a world under difficult conditions.

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  10. Chuck USA

    I’m sorry to say that I have to agree with most of the comments here today, that support Gen. Satterfield on the subject of Joe Biden’s upcoming presidency. Putting aside his past blatant and public lies, his threats to people (oh, he didn’t really mean it), and his corruption, I don’t think he has the moral background to be a good president.

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    1. Georgie B.

      Chuck USA, I agree with you. Joe Biden simply will be unable to govern. But that is, IMHO, not the point. He will have advisors that are radical leftists that want to remake America. They are the ones in charge and making things happen, not Joe.

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        1. Salute the Flag

          Go USA
          Go USA
          Those who are patriots, I salute you!
          🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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        2. ARay Pittman

          Wow, such a great website. Thank you all for great comments and to Gen. Satterfield for putting this place together. I recommend we start telling the truth and when Joe Biden screws up, we say so publically and loudly.

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  11. Maureen S. Sullivan

    President Joe Biden lacks the ability and character to be president. What else is there to say. You will not convince the radical leftists or Joe Biden’s fawning Hollywood and media supporters anyway, ever. Let’s move on from here and build a base of American Patriots who are willing and able to do good for our country. Soon, the nation will tire of Joe Biden and his supporters, themselves, will throw him under the bus.

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  12. Edward Kennedy III

    Very interesting article, Gen. Sattefield. Thanks for taking a stand. Leaders who sit back and wait for a consensus to develop are not leading but are merely seeking to be popular (a false position for any leader). People want to see a leader who stands up for what they believe in, make a logical case for it, and are willing to stand up and be heard. That’s what “leading from the front” is all about. You, Gen. S. are a lead-from-the-front leader.

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    1. Walter H.

      Hey Mr. Kennedy, I agree with you and I’m a huge fan of yours. Please write another article very soon. 😊

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      1. Jason S. 23 yr old

        Yes! Great comment section. Plenty of folks here that love freedom and are real patriots. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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  13. Doc Blackshear

    A YouGov poll today reporting that Joe Biden’s public approval rating is 52 percent—among the lowest for an incoming president since this polling question began decades ago. (Obama was at 69 percent on inauguration day.)

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    1. JT Patterson

      Once folks start to see and understand any president’s position, their popularity begins to fall. The only exception I know of is Pres Trump (just a small fact to throw in here). Biden’s popularity will fall despite Hollywood types, the news media, and a fawning crowd of onlookers who prop him up.

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      1. Tom Bushmaster

        Me too…. Listening to social media sites, you would think the world had fallen in love with him.

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    2. Max Foster

      Popularity has little to do with the success of a leader. Gen. Satterfield has pointed that out on many occasions and he is right. “Beware of the Allure for Popularity,” https://www.theleadermaker.com/beware-allure-popularity/
      When someone strives for popularity, they typically get just the opposite. Just wait and see. I can already see that Biden is trying to be popular with his radical leftist base of crazies. That is why he wants to cancel the Canadian oil pipeline which is already approved.

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      1. Nick Lighthouse

        True, but I don’t think Joe Biden knows the difference in being a US Senator from a small state and being President of the United States. What you do in that lower office does not all translate into leadership at a much higher level.

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        1. Doug Smith

          That is what it is all about. He wanted it just for show. Leftists only do things for show and admiration. Not for substance. Watch the movie by Dinesh D’Sousa if you want to really see corruption in action.

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  14. Dead Pool Guy

    President Joe Biden simply lacks the moral character to be a good president. Like his VP Harris, he is into “inventing” past accomplishments. Well, just call it lying. When you build yourself up by not telling the truth and do so publically, people start to notice. Many are just using Joe Biden to get what they want, they don’t really like him.

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  15. Valkerie

    But we will never take anything for granted that Biden-Harris say. And, don’t forget that K. Harris WILL BE PRESIDENT soon. As soon as Dementia Joe gets put away. And his DOCTOR (/sarc) wife Jill Biden will be unable to do anything about it. Thank you General Satterfield for today’s article. Hard hitting and to the point.

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  16. Bryan Lee

    I just love the quote by Obama, “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f**k things up.” 👍👍👍👍👍

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  17. Wilson Cox

    pres Joe Biden (not small ‘p’) should never be given the benefit of the doubt. He should be held to an unreasonably high standard. This is how Democrats, the media, and Never Trumpers treated President Trump. They resisted him at every turn and slandered him with the worst kind of unsupported and untruthful accusations — most notably colluding with Russia. Biden should receive the same treatment.

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    1. Emily Baker

      Right!!!! Never let him forget that when he played the stupid card that the same card will be played against him. He didn’t learn the basics of leadership and now that will haunt his entire presidency. Oh, also small “p”. 😊

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  18. Willie Shrumburger

    Ya gotta hand it to Slow Joe, he got elected to president. Exactly what he wanted all his life and now after the election (let’s put aside the cheating) he is where he wants to be. Now it is all about show and nothing about substance.

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    1. Army Captain

      So sad. He will soon realize (maybe not) that his inability to lead will portend some bad things.

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      1. Randy Goodman

        That is an understatement. But, first I must strongly disagree. Biden will believe what his advisors tell him and they will tell him he is doing great and then do what they want without regard to his decisions.

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      2. Fred Weber

        It’s going to be a fun 4 years. Well, not really 4 bc Joe won’t make it that far. Not because he will be assassinated – which I don’t wish on anybody – but bc he will simply go total dementia and it will not be hidden any more. 25th Amendment anyone. 👍

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  19. Doug Smith

    Even Barack Obama knows that Joe Biden will screw things up. Fortunately, Biden is just a figurehead and the real decision are being made by others…. well maybe not ‘fortunately’ but at least there will be thought put into the decisions. Joe cannot even read a teleprompter without going to sleep.

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      1. Len Jakosky

        This one is a quote of the year (oops, quote of the next four years or until Joe Biden steps down). I predict citizens of the US will make fun of his dementia (not very polite) and his fumbling (a real target). Being elected president shows the strength of the Democratic Party to get anybody elected.

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        1. Forrest Gump

          Smart comment, Len. Thanks. I too agree that Gen. Satterfield has given us something to think about. Frankly, I miss Pres Trump’s tweets. With Joe Biden in charge, all I hear is crickets.

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