[January 27, 2020] For the past few days, I outlined what I believe to be the main characteristics of those candidates running for President of the United States. It’s a time where leadership matters because of a great divide in our country and because today is a dangerous time in the world. To summarize a bit, many characteristics are common across these men and women.
I see several traits in these candidates that are universal. No matter what you think of them politically, it is not unreasonable to believe that anyone of these people shares nearly identical characteristics with all the others. The reasons for that should be self-evident. Here they are:
- Intelligent and Articulate
- Outgoing and Congenial
- Inspires others
“Presidential candidates don’t chew gum.” – Theodore C. Sorensen, American lawyer, writer, and presidential adviser
Know by U.S. President John F. Kennedy as his “intellectual blood bank,” Theodore Sorensen had the smarts to do just about anything. He also has these same traits today’s political candidates have in common. But he also understood what it took to take the next step, to step beyond being the “smartest guy in the room.” He knew that you had to be charismatic, inspirational, and resilient to be president.1
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