Cuban on Trump: Leadership, Management, & Communication

In this article in the Huffington Post, Mark Cuban criticized President Trump, overall, for having “no leadership skills, no management skills, not very good communications skills.”

When it comes to the direction of an organization or entity, these are powerful skills and factors, which play into how effective a leader, boss, or executive is in their work.

This also plays into the perception of effectiveness.

We do not necessarily see the fruits of our labor today, especially in the Trump example in government, where things usually take much longer to grab hold and show results. Overall, the success or lack thereof is a ways off in the distance – the result of policies put into motion today. So one can’t be judged on those results in the distance, regardless of whether or not it’s a policy that one wants implemented.

So what about today? Aside from putting policies into effect, what else is there to judge a leader by? There are many factors one could take into account, but Cuban, in this article and video, mentions a powerful trifecta of effectiveness we look for from a leader – leadership, management, and communication.

In the grand scheme of things, until we can see the results later of policies, our perception of the effectiveness of those who lead us can be guided by these three attributes, among others.

Everyone will have their own impressions of Trump; that’s partisan politics. But even traditionally conservative pundits and hawks have noted how disorganized, unprepared, and unclear the Trump Administration has been in the course of its work leading up to it’s 100-day finish line.

From the poor rollout of the first travel ban Executive Order, to Andrew Puzder’s controversial withdrawal as Secretary of the Department of Labor, to the resignation of and subsequent lobbying scrutiny for his former National Security Advisor Michael T. Flynn, and to the communications confusion between White House’s Counselor Kellyanne Conway and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on why Flynn resigned.

Before you even get to the results, for yourself or those around you, how are these attributes balanced in order for people to trust you today?

  • Leadership
    • How do you encourage your followers and make sure you’re getting the best out of them?
    • Attributes like integrity, respect, and courtesy are pillars of great leadership.
  • Management
    • How aware are you of the technical work of your environment and how things work in order for the work to be done as best as possible?
    • Curiosity, understanding procedure, and learning are pillars of great management.
  • Communication
    • How do you convey your message to all those who have a stake or interest in your work, which might impact them? What might get lost in translation?
    • Honesty, coordinated planning, and a unified message are habits of great communication.

Regardless of how effective you may be in one attribute, it is a steady balance of many that delivers both solid results and a strong perception for credibility.

It is quite the balancing act to maintain effectiveness in each of these attributes which are based in different approaches and implications.

So…What About You?

  • How do you fare when it comes to considering balancing your leadership, management, and communication?
  • Where you may be lacking in any of these, how do you plan to rectify that in order to ensure your credibility in the present?
  • How have your environments to-date fared in success and how were these skills balanced (or not) in those environments?

This post is not partisan in nature. Lessons can be taken from both and all sides of politics.

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