Some lessons from Donald Trump

Donald Trump, the now 45th President of the United States of America, is known for the many unpopular comments and statements which he made during the 2016 US presidential election campaign. Such was the nature of these comments and statements that many dismissed him as being unfit for the nation’s highest elected office.

Against all odds, Trump made it to the White House. To many, it became questionable that he would have been so fortunate, given that his rival, Hilary Clinton, had handsomely beaten him by getting more of the popular vote. The irony of this, however, is that democracy is said to have been at work under the Electoral College system practised in the USA.

There is a lesson to be learnt from this. Usually, persons find it difficult to accept unpopular decisions, but it must be understood that once the rules are followed, then complaining can hardly be justified. Many of the utterances from Trump were neither pleasing to the ear, inspiring and or motivating. As a matter of fact, some of his utterances leaned more towards dividing the nation rather than uniting it.

Two of his outrageous but softer quotes which have been captured are:

“I will build a great wall – and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me – and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot people and I wouldn’t lose voters,” was the second outrageous remark.

The extent to which these negative comments could have helped Trump as a leader to achieve his goals in a multi-racial society, is worth pondering on. Sensible and smart politicians, trade unions, business and civil society leaders ought to pay close attention to the things which Trump has said so as not to make the fundamental mistake he has made in creating tensions around him, that may make his job even more difficult than he may have envisaged.

Government and societal organizations all cater to the will of the people and/or interest groups which they serve. The leader’s popularity will last as long as the interest of the constituents is being served. In approaching the start of the year 2017, leaders of governments, trade unions, business and civil society can take away something positive from Donald Trump’s utterances. His popular statement of “We will make America great again” ought to resonate with all leaders.

With many of our institutions/organizations failing the people, with expectations and confidence being eroded, it is timely that a focus is placed on making the country and its individual institutions and organizations great again. There must be a greater commitment on working together, respecting the role and contribution of each individual institution and organization, and the making of required sacrifices, in the cause of a better life for the people of the nation and individual constituents.

The building of bridges, mending of fences, building of relationships, eliminating of turf wars, refraining from the use of divide and rule tactics for whatever purpose they may be intended, and desisting from giving preferential treatment, would be the way to go if the making of a country great again is to be achieved.

Despite his off-the-wall utterances, President Trump now has the expectation of fulfilling his action plan, which he described as: Number one, I’d create economic zones. I’d create incentives for companies to move in. I’d work on spirit because the spirit is so low. It’s incredible, the unemployment! You look at unemployment for black youth in this country, African American youth, is 58-59 per cent. It’s unthinkable. Unemployment for African Americans – not youth, but African Americans – is very high.

“And I would create in the inner cities, which is what I really do best, that’s why when I open a building and I show you it’s way ahead of schedule, under budget and everything else. I think it was the Rite Aid store, the store in Baltimore, it took them 20 years to get it built, one store, and then it burned down in one night. We have to create incentives for people to love what they are doing, and to make money. And to create, you know, to really create a better life for themselves.”

Recognizing that at the heart of any plan is the delivery of it, then it ought to be clear to him that only inspired leadership will get the desired success.


(Dennis De Peiza is a labour management consultant. Email:

5 Responses to Some lessons from Donald Trump

  1. Sarifa Patel January 28, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Trump is not human he is a beast that God will use to put the hook into the jaws of God’s enemies, into the valley of Megiddo for the final war. Gog and Magog. Wait for the war not far away. Trumps boasting that he can build a great war. There was a group of people who insisted that they wanted to build a tower to heaven we know the outcone. Trump is flying in the face of God against over human beings and he will pay the penalty. Like Hitler he wants to seperate america see what happen to Hitler same will happen to Trump. He is insane.

  2. jrsmith January 28, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    You people hate trump you hate america and yet you will jump on a plane at a whim and of you go to the said America….

    Why God wouldn’t punish the Muslim terrorist, in the case of throwing the Christians to the lions …
    They shoot children as young as 10 years old in the back of they heads…
    They make young men dig they own graves ,then shoot them..
    They put people in cages and submerge them in the sea…
    They put people in cage set them on fire..
    They heat spikes and push them up men backsides, all of this is done in the name of Allah….
    You people are so confuse God was put in place to keep the black and poor people in line…………….

  3. jrsmith January 28, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Donald is the black mans excuse for the last 50 years of nothing being for back people….and yet still they had a black president….
    As like Russia and Putin is the democratic party excuse for loosing the election……

  4. Mikey January 28, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    jrsmith, read the article again and learn something from it.
    There is something to learn from every message, so please read it again my brother.

  5. Vad50 January 29, 2017 at 7:27 am

    I agree with jrsmith.


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