Infograph: Leadership Through the Eyes of Political Parties

By US Daily Review Staff.

Overall, trustworthiness tops the list of important leadership characteristics for U.S. presidential candidates, according to the Next National CEO surveyconducted by global leadership solutions firm PDI Ninth House. However, a closer analysis of survey results shows large discrepancies among respondents with different political affiliations. (Also see the Infograph below).

Members of each political party chose a different trait as the most important:

  • Democrat’s first choice: Ensure a strong global position
    • Republicans ranked it No. 10
    • Independents ranked it No. 3
  • Republican’s first choice: Earn trust
    • Democrats and Independents both ranked it No. 2
  • Independent’s first choice: Exercise financial discipline
    • Democrats ranked it No. 10
    • Republicans ranked it No. 2

“There is an enormous difference between the weight Democrats put on global positioning versus Republicans,” said Dave Heine, executive vice president in charge of PDI Ninth House’s board and c-suite offering. “That also holds true for Independents and Republicans compared to Democrats on the importance of exercising financial discipline. This tells us that voter turnout – and which candidate earns the Independents’ vote – will be critical to election results.”

“We also found it interesting that Democrats and Independents rated build partnerships and exercise diplomacy higher than Republicans, while Republicans and Independents rated design the federal government for success higher than Democrats,” Heine added.

A listing of each political party’s responses follows:

Characteristic Overall Dem. Rep. Indep.
Earn trust 1 2 1 2
Exercise financial discipline 2 10 2 1
Ensure a strong global position 3 1 10 3
Shape a vision for the future 4 6 4 5
Lead boldly 5 4 9 7
Build partnerships and exercise diplomacy 6 5 12 4
Build a strong team 6 8 3 10
Use wise judgment 8 3 7 12
Inspire others 9 9 5 11
Influence and negotiate 10 6 11 6
Drive execution 11 11 7 8
Design the federal government for success 12 15 6 9
Show resilience 13 13 13 14
Drive stakeholder success 14 16 14 13
Value and use diverse input 15 12 16 15
Adapt 16 17 14 16
Communicate with impact 17 14 16 17

“The right competencies are critical for success throughout an organization, but most critically at the top,” said Paul Storfer, director, talent frameworks for PDI Ninth House. “This survey is designed to let respondents use traits and characteristics similar to those we use to evaluate top business leaders as they choose the next U.S. president.”

These are the latest results of the ongoing online survey. Nearly 500 people responded to the survey. The public is invited to visit its website where they are asked to indicate which seven success criteria out of 17 possibilities are most important for an effective U.S. president.

All opinions expressed on USDR are those of the author and not necessarily those of US Daily Review.

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