So, I got this new book; Say it Like Obama by Shel Leanne and it has done many things especially reminding me of the one President in contemporary history I came draw inspiration from, the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. His influence you can rightly say swept the world for the last decade even before he became President 8 years ago. His communication skill is sound and he is reputed to be one of the best today. I will be sharing something I have learnt from this; Building a Teflon as Leader.
Why Teflon Description?
Teflon is an elastic material so it can hardly have anything stick to it that is not really a part of it or the same material. So a Teflon leader can be seen as one who cannot have any scandal or bad report to their name no matter the level of controversies that may come up. You are well known for something good, ethical, moral and of virtue so any other influences to tarnish such image simply bounces off. It cannot stick because people will not buy it. Rather than simply believing such, the public or those you lead can give you the opportunity to explain yourself and win back their confidence. A leader needs to build credibility early enough in their careers long before enjoying popularity on a celebrated level.
Building Up to a Teflon Leader
In the case of President Obama, he did a very good job in speaking ethics, good, humanity, peace, love, unity and why the American people needed to unite beyond party, states, race and religion towards a common purpose. He was able to find various ways to connect their differences to a point where we all are one nation under God. He equally spoke of his first job in Chicago while of out college, the community service work and his career as a civil rights lawyer. Coupled with whatever he said, he equally had a personal story of humble beginnings that cuts across race, religion and 3 continents of the world.
Building a Teflon as a leader means to build credibility to a level where negative news or influences cannot be associated with you. You will need to live, prove it, speak it, talk about it and defend it like no other. It will require consistency, your ideas and stories need to be coherent without contradicting one another. By the time you get to a level where people know where you stand with issues in the society, credibility is built by consistency; any other attachment that goes contrary to who and what you are will simply bounce back. It cannot stick because the years of your rising and humble beginnings have proven such.
Being a Teflon leader and the process of attaining must be deliberate with planned and deliberate steps to it. For contemporary times like this, you can start by making sure that your social media engagement speaks of things that are good, acceptable, ethical, moral and of good judgment at all times. Your 5 years on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram must be able to say and describe who and what you stand whether politically or on other national issues.
Finally, to ensure that people see you as being genuine in your ideas and thoughts; start early, let people see and hear you, and whether there is a response or not keep speaking and sharing your views (that are ethical). The good news is this; you will think no one is seeing but they are seeing, taking note, monitoring you and your consistency over the years. It is better to stop saying things than change where you stand to something unethical and unhealthy; however, ensure consistency.