Here are the leadership lessons you can learn from Barack Obama.
1. Leading through a crisis
When president Obama took office, the world was in the middle of a crisis. Lehman Brothers had collapsed, and an international financial crisis had been sparked.
Obama quickly signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a $831 billion recovery package. More than a decade of growth and job creation—the longest in American history—followed.
Obama showed that, in a crisis, fast and decisive policy action is needed.
2. Being culturally sensitive
To win the presidency Obama had to pull together a coalition of voters from across America’s cultural divide.
Pew Research Center showed that although Republican John McCain in 2008 won 55% to Obama’s 43% of the white vote, President Obama dominated when it came to the black vote (95%), Latino vote (67%), and the Asian vote (62%).
Without the diversity of support there’s no way Obama would have won the race for the White House. In the same way he found success by building a diverse support base and team, one of the leadership lessons you...
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