By Michelle Seiler-Tucker Special For USDR
As of late, it seems that nothing can improve President Obama’s rapidly declining approval ratings. This does not come as a surprise to some given the current scandals concerning Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Veterans Affairs that continue to bog the Obama presidency. The discussion is more prevalent than ever regarding the president’s competency as the leader of the Free World.
A new poll is shifting the media’s depiction of Obama’s second term in a manner seldom experienced with a single survey. Obama has hit a new low with an overall approval rating of 41 percent. But what’s most troubling is the 54 percent who believe that he’s unable to lead the country, compared to the 42 percent who believe he can. This can easily be classified as a disaster for the president. The essential role of the president or leader of any country can be compared to an owner of a business. You must assert an almost palpable sense of leadership to be respected by those you employ and the people you are in business to service. The exceptional leader is always thinking three steps ahead. Working to master his/her own environment with the goal of avoiding problems before they arise. Obama has failed at presenting an image even close to the public that voted him into office.
It is rather difficult to dispute that the Obama administration has not accomplished much in the president’s second term. The seemingly consecutive scandals have painted the president in the like of a hands-off manager. Which conveys weakness in the American people’s eyes. An exceptional leader realizes that he can’t accomplish everything on his own. A leader will know the talents of the people around him, thus delegating tasks accordingly. Between the terrorist gains in Iraq and the dwindling opposition in Syria, our president seems hesitant in the dealings of international affairs. And lets not forget the stagnant economy we are still wading in, the people are waiting for an improvement in at least one area of concern, and until we see it, his numbers will steadily fall.
As for who could become Obama’s predecessor, Hillary Clinton’s numbers have dropped considerably as well; mainly because she is regarded more as a presidential candidate now that 2016 is around the corner. 38 percent of registered voters say they would be “almost certain” to vote for her, whereas 37 percent expressed the exact opposite. Clinton’s strongest base of support are women (51 percent) and African-Americans (82 percent). Only 7 percent of Democrats have a negative view of her but only about one in 10 Republicans have a positive assessment, which puts her in Obama territory. Clinton is widely viewed as having initiative which is a great trait one looks for in a leader. She is regarded as having the key element in the planning and implementing of new ideas, programs, policies, events, etc.
Having a great idea, and assembling a team to bring that concept to life is the first step in creating a successful business venture. But when money is tight, stress levels are high, and the visions of instant success don’t happen like you thought, it becomes easy to lose the energy of dominance and distinction one must have as a leader; Obama is the perfect example of what can happen when a leader isn’t considered an authoritative figure to the people below him. As the leader, by staying calm and confident, you will help keep the team feeling the same. Remember, your team will take cues from you, so if you exude a level of calm damage control, your team will pick up on that feeling. The key objective is to keep everyone working and moving ahead. I detail the importance of leadership and other business strategies in my bestselling and award winning book, Sell Your Business For More Than Its Worth.