If the United States government came to you today and solicited your consulting firm to select the next president, what competencies would you use to make your judgment, and why? Keeping in mind this is a “fit” challenge more than an ability challenge, how would you go about ensuring the next president is a good fit for the job? Now, take those same competencies and apply them (as they fit) to your own leadership. Which items apply, and why do they fit you?
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Filling the position for the President of the United States of America would be interesting, because it is a job that no one has prior experience in doing before being elected. You would have to ensure that the candidate had a strong understanding of the United States Constitution and the ethical fortitude to uphold it. Professional communication skills are very important, as the President is the voice of our nation. The candidate would also have to be a master at diplomacy and tact with foreign leaders and our own congressional leaders. Our President would also need to be incorruptible by foreign powers and domestic lobbies, with the ability to do what is right for our country to move forward. There should be tests in place for anyone who wants to become a member of the government. These should be cognitive function tests (to rule out Alzheimer’s and dementia), empathy tests (to rule out sociopaths and psychopaths), and civics tests (to ensure the person knows how the government and constitution work). Also, interviews need to be conducted with past employers, teachers, and associates. A history of educated and ethical decisions and conduct is a must. The candidate would also need to have a history of being willing to work with the other political parties, and have a good working relationship with leaders across the aisle. I would look for all of these qualities in the leaders of my own company. Leaders in my company would also need very industry specific knowledge, along with these traits.The President/CEO of any company needs to be incorruptible, of sound mind, and have a strong understanding of ethics and law. They also have to be able to work well with people who disagree with them. Whether leading a company or the entire nation, these values and abilities should be at the forefront of requirements.