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December 01, 2008

Learn how to be a good leader from President Bush

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Maybe President Bush's world of mouth is not good in most of your opinions; however, if one has bad sides he must also has good sides, some of his actions set a very good example for leadership which makes me associate how to be a good leader.

1.   Do it when it is supposed be done, do not panic during unexpected events.

When 9.11 event happen, Bush was having lesson with pupils and teacher in a primary school. After he has been told the message, he remained calm, continue reading text book with pupils until finished, then started to solve the problem.

As a leader or even normal people we need to have a thoughtful plan before doing things, strictly according to the plan, as a book of him talking about leadership said, "If it is in the afternoon, I must be running for exercise". Only we have enough planning, we won't be panic when something happens. Especially as a leader, if he panics and getting nervous, others will getting more unconscious and don't know what to do.

2.   Leadership with consistence of purpose

This is what EFQM model also asks to do. The war against terrorism and still remain troops when war has finished are controversial action in the world. I am not evaluating the action is good or bad here, but anyway, it is very difficult for doing a thing when pressures come out from every direction, but Bush keep his strategy in order to achieve goals of counter terrorism. That's the reason why his support rate was keep as high as 80-90% during the period, although it then went down to less than 40% which was the lowest rate in American history.

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