The Office vs. The Man

Respect for the Office. Dissatisfaction with the man. I am just bewildered at how the man elected to the Office of the President is conducting himself. He is acting more like a spoiled, mean-spirited child then an adult man with any sense of integrity or decency or maturity.

Ah, yes, I know. The man in the office is courting his base. He was elected President of the United States because people wanted change, and want a man who "speaks his mind". Please know that my issue is not with the people who voted for this man; they exercised their right to vote, and they did elect this particular man.

My issue is with the man's ignorance, self-serving behaviors, and apparent lack of intelligence. Where does one begin? Is it with his incessant and petty tweeting? Is it with his incompetent staff? Is it with his, overall, inexperienced Cabinet selections? Or, is it with his almost total disregard for another person's dignity? Doesn't the Office of the President of United States demand more from the man?

I am embarrassed, too, about how the man holding the Office of President is being ridiculed. And, let's be clear, he is being mocked as well as laughed at--incessantly. Table conversations, water coolers, daily news, late-night talk, Saturday Night Live, airport terminals, communities near and countries afar. People, as I experience them, are reviled and appalled. And, no, those who didn't vote for him are not sore losers; they are simply repulsed by his behavior, ego, and small-mindedness; and, it's only three weeks or so into this vital and valued role of the Office of the President.

For the man holding the Office of President, authority is not leadership. I have an expectation that when others are elected to or advanced in a leadership role, that they will conduct themselves with nobility and civility as well as fair-mindedness and wisdom. Indeed, I expect that a man or woman holding the Office of President will exercise their authority responsibly and, for the most part, collaboratively. I expect that they will study and prepare for their role--and all accompanying responsibilities.

My question for the man holding the Office of the President is "I want to know how you prepare? How long you prepare? What goes into your preparation?" Because, let's restate the obvious, the man holding the Office of the President has no government or military experience. And, thus, this lack of experience requires a diligent form of preparation let alone self-awareness.

"Who am I?", one might ask? Well, I am a leadership development specialist who values the place of leadership in all walks of life. Indeed, I am flawed; but, I'd like to believe that I work on my flaws and limitations. But, equally important, I am a citizen of the United States of America who esteems the Office of the President. I am a constituent. And, quite frankly, the man holding the Office of President, owes me an explanation of how he prepares to make his decisions, and, then, creates responsible timelines for policy roll-outs and successful implementation? Yes, the man holding the Office of President is expected to engage in due diligence, and seek to understand the structures that are in place to support him as well as safeguard the country.

If the man holding the Office of President hasn't noticed, his decisions appear to be hasty and not truly vetted, and the roll-outs disastrous or poorly planned. So, I'd like to know, as well, how the man holding the Office of the President is preparing for and growing into this role? From my viewpoint, there is much work to be done here; and, any good leader knows that he or she always seeks proactive development opportunities to ensure success and effectiveness as they exercise their role competently and credibly.

Oh, and let's name credibility as an essential quality of character that encompasses both the Office of President and the person elected to the Office. Defending poor decision making, or bad behavior, or weak judgment as the result of "fake news" is foolhardy. News coverage will continue to criticize or to question the judgment and temperament of the man holding the Office of President until he speaks with credibility and civility--as well as some degree of humility.

The man holding the Office of President may call the criticism of his inadequate leadership "fake news", but be assured most of us know differently, and this will likely be reflected in upcoming protests or elections. I believe the electorate--all sides of the aisle--are smarter than the man holding the Office of President thinks