Profiles: Donald Trump [Updated]

By | February 5, 2020

[February 5, 2020]  The best leaders are those that don’t necessarily do great things but are those who get other people to do great things.  There is no argument that U.S. President Donald Trump has made great strides on improving the U.S. economy, strengthening the military, and improving race relations.  These are accomplishments no one could predict four years ago when he ran for office.

With the profile of Republican Donald Trump, I’m bringing to a close my mini-series on those running for the office of President.  Never fear, I will remain on the case to study those characteristics of those running for office.  When I last created a profile of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, it was two weeks before the election, and there was time to study these two candidates and draft an early look at their character traits.  With four years of Trump, I now have a better idea of how to summarize his strengths and weaknesses.

“Many political experts predicted Trump would never be the Republican nominee.  They were wrong and wrong by a long shot.  They now predict he cannot win.  Like before, Trump may prove them to be irrelevant pontificators of a bygone era of politics where the insiders ruled the day.” – theLeaderMaker, October 20, 20161

Donald Trump has demonstrated several shared leadership characteristics. The first five are unchanged from my original assessment:

  • Authentic
  • Tough and strong-willed
  • Courageous
  • Charming, charismatic, and motivator
  • Unconventional and Controversial
  • Tough negotiator and Winners attitude
  • Strategic thinker
  • Patriot

“You have to think anyway, so why not think big?” – Donald Trump, U.S. President, running for re-election

Four years ago, we all remember media-inspired experts who predicted that Trump would lose the election by millions of votes.  He didn’t have a chance being up against Hillary Clinton, they said.  Now, these same experts are saying he will have a difficult time against any of the Democrat opponents due to his impeachment and federal investigations into his “inappropriate and illegal” behavior as President.  I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Donald Trump has said and undoubtedly proven that he is for America.  Regardless of the outcome in the upcoming election in November, he will be remembered for his regard for America and its peoples.2

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  1. https://www.theleadermaker.com/profile-donald-trump/
  2. Last night, Pres. Trump gave his State of the Union address. He reinforced the points I’ve made here in his profile.  You can read more on it from our friends at PowerLineBlog: https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/02/a-great-night-for-trump-and-the-republicans.php
Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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43 thoughts on “Profiles: Donald Trump [Updated]

  1. JJ Wintworth

    This is the kind of behavior from our politicians that encourages violence and loss of faith in our institutions.

    1. Watson Bell

      I think the Democrats just gave Donald Trump another 4 year term in office.

  2. Kenny Foster

    Well folks, US President Donald Trump was acquitted of the two articles of Impeachment brought by the US House of Representatives. Many will disagree, but for anyone who has any education on how our federal government works, knows that the way the House Democrats went about the process was doomed to fail. It was a purely political strategy. Will it ultimately fail when Trump is reelected? I think this episode will go down as one of the most despicable episodes in political US history.

  3. Jonnie the Bart

    Enjoyed your series, and I hope you will continue it for us. I’ve learned so much about the basics of leader character.

    1. Ronny Fisher

      Yes, good idea that we can learn so much from a short and concise post on leadership. Just apply yourself and stop being ignorant. Thanks all for listening.

  4. Tony Custer

    Where I grew up in the Bronx, the average person sees themselves as a victim. And they act it out in everything they do. I tore myself away from that attitude and decided that to be a good person you have to sacrifice your old self (of victimhood) and pull yourself up. I do that trying to adopt the characteristics you have written for these politicians. It’s not easy and in fact it’s very hard. But I feel better about myself, my family, and my country.

    1. José Luis Rodriguez

      Tony, thank you for your story. I too had to do something similar by distancing myself from friends who were on a path to destruction. They were using illegal drugs to get high, drinking alcohol to excess, treating women like they were possessions, dissing their families, and on occasion robbing stores to get some drug money. Getting away was hard but the best thing I ever did.

    2. Jonathan B.

      Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like.

      1. Dennis Mathes

        Great comments Tony, Jose and Jonathan. These days I see a lot of good things happening in our country and you have just given me another green light to smile at how much better we are, if we pay attention and adopt good character traits.

      2. Len Jakosky

        Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Honor, Integrity, Selfless Service, and Courage. These are the characteristics I respect most. I think also that is what most reasonable people offer, if given the chance.

        1. Big Al

          😊 This is spot-on. Thanks Len for pointing out that character does really matter. What I don’t respect is victimhood, ideologues, and stupidity.

  5. Shawn C. Stolarz

    Another great article in your series on politicians running for the most powerful political position in the world. I’m glad we have strong men like Donald Trump in office where it counts.

  6. lydia

    Donald Trump stands against abortion and that is enough for me. Democrats for are killing babies.

  7. old warrior

    I expect US Pres Trump to do some real butt kicking between now and election day. I’m sitting back with my dog at my feet, my gun on the table beside me, and eating popcorn while he campaigns. I love having him as my president.

  8. Santa Fe Mae

    I’m new to your site Mr. Satterfield and have enjoyed reading this recent series on the men and women running for political office. Thank you and, oh, I’ve enjoyed reading also this forum where we can make comments and get good feedback.

    1. Karl J.

      Yes, welcome Santa Fe Mae. Good to have you on our leadership forum.

    2. Wilson Cox

      Yes, thanks Santa Fe. Great name by the way. I too love this site and have learn a lot since I started reading it three years ago. Keep reading it daily and you will start to see a number of patterns. I also highly recommend you read today’s article on what leaders mistakes leaders should avoid. Welcome!

  9. Dale Paul Fox

    I think this whole impeachment sideshow has actually done the opposite of what the Democrats wanted. They desired to hurt Trump and the Republicans. I can’t say that is or is not working but Trump’s approval ratings have gained 10 points since it started. I don’t think this is going like the Democrats wanted.

    1. Pete the Meat

      Agree. That is why having the right leadership characteristics matters over the long run.

    2. Dr. William Blake, Sr.

      Good point Dale and thanks for the analysis. It is clear that the opposition in the DNC is more about hating Trump than doing good things for our country. My question is How can the Democrats expect a better America by opposing policies that are making America better?

      1. KenFBrown

        Dr. Blake, they can’t and that is why the most even-handed person should be able to see thru the fog created by those opposing Trump.

  10. Greg Heyman

    “America is the place where anything can happen. America is the place where anyone can rise. Here, on this land, on this soil, on this continent, the most incredible dreams come true,” the president said. “The American age, the American epic, the American adventure has only just begun. Our spirit is still young. The sun is still rising. God’s grace is still shining. My fellow Americans, the best is yet to come.”

    1. Janna Faulkner

      One of the best parts of the speech in my opinion. Thanks Greg for bringing it up.

    2. Mr. T.J. Asper

      I agree and the contrast between President Trump’s positive and unifying vision for America and the Democrats’ hate-Trump doomsday agenda could not be clearer.

      1. JT Patterson

        Petulant, pathetic Pelosi. I actually feel sorry for her and her minions.

      2. Yusaf from Texas

        Good point Mr. TJ. I like the way you think. But I will say that also most people think this way and should not be fooled by the socialist agenda being peddled by well-spoken politicians. It takes a long time to overcome a socialist agenda because there are too many folks that just like “free” stuff.

    3. Otto Z. Zuckermann

      Hard to argue with the President on this one. A good speech but a little toned down over how he delivers his political rallies. Has anyone paid attention to people in the background when politicians talk? Watch them sometimes. It’s enlightening.

  11. Harry Donner

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi showed a lack of character last night at Pres Trump’s speech on the State of the Union. I watched all of the 1 hour 17 minutes and enjoyed it because Trump showed that under his leadership the nation has advanced tremendously. He also said how destructive socialism is for any country adopting that philosophy. I see Pelosi and her socialist friends didn’t like it.

    1. Lynn Pitts

      Here is an example of a person who lacks good character as a person – Nancy Pelosi – irritable, over-inflated ego, petulant, and pucker-faced to boot. ha ha ha ha ha ha

    2. Eva Easterbrook

      I’m embarrassed as a woman for Pelosi’s actions last night. Just another reason people say that is why women should not hold positions of power. They should, of course, but the actions of petulant pelosi gives us women another hill to climb for equality. We are viewed as untrustworthy, whiny, and undeserving. A stereotype that pelosi emboldened last night.

      1. Linux Man

        And so as anyone should be who actually watched Nancy Pelosi. However, this article is about Trump and he also shows good character in the face of extreme partisanship on the part of the Democrats. He didn’t even mention their impeachment charade.

  12. Army Captain

    The study of leader characteristics is very helpful. Imitate great leadership, at the minimum, and you will do well in your life.

  13. Max Foster

    Gen. Satterfield, your October 20, 2016 article was right on target. It predicted a Donald Trump win and the country is far better off with Trump in office than the victimhood-pushing, corrupt, idiot Hillary Clinton. We would be in the middle of the greatest economic meltdown with Clinton and her friends in power and they would be getting rich off our backs.

    1. Tom Bushmaster

      Watching the SOTU address last night was a good way to ‘see’ how well the USA is doing in all aspects as a great nation. I saw our decline under Pres Obama. Never again in my book. Fool me once …….

    2. Nancy B

      Yes, great article today, Gen. Satterfield. Thank you for giving us this mini-series. 😊😊😊😊

      1. Bill Sanders, Jr.

        A Trump win in Nov this year is expected BUT not assured. Talk to people and show them what the socialists have done to every country that falls for their fictions.

      2. Jane Fillmore

        Yes, I agree, great article laying out clearly what the keys to success really are for all of us, if only we could open our eyes to them.

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