Trump: Negative Role Model for the Management of the Future?
No doubt, the election of Donald Trump appalled many - but was it really that surprising? Now begins the research of causes - and it takes in some place simply too short.
The understanding of the causes in the election success of the entrepreneur Trump is also essential for the understanding of leadership, which in many Company prevails. To put it bluntly, is entrepreneur Trump the negative role model for the management of the future?
Old white men
Old white men had trumped Trump into office, wrote about Robert Basic on Facebook, so those who like Trump have a rather conservative world view and fear of change. Basic himself is no longer quite young with his 50 years, but sees himself as one of the digital pioneers in his contribution to distinguish clearly from this group.
Oscar winner Micheal Moore is a little clearer: In his contribution 5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win He predicted Trump's victory in July. He cited Trump as "The Last Stand of the Angry White Man" as well as the fear of the loss of power to a woman and the lack of confidence in Hillary Clinton, to which the eMailFerry as well as the recent wiki leaks revelations certainly have contributed quite a bit.
Rust Belt Brexit: The Rage of the Suspended
And above all, of course, the phenomenon that Moore described as Rust Belt Brexit: Trump succeeded in gaining democratically dominated states like Pennsylvania before, using the fears of the working class against globalization and mass unemployment with (false) promises.
Fear, anger and frustration of those who have been suspended - these are precisely the patterns of explanation that are now permeating the analyzes in the (German) media, always with a view to the general elections in Germany in the coming year and always with the undertone, but the situation to improve and engage in dialogue with those frustrated and depraved, thus convincing them of their good, true and important values.
Filterblase or the stupid trump selectors
But it is not that easy. This is often quoted in connection with the US election Dunning-Kruger effect, is indeed a cognitive distortion in which relatively incompetent people tend to overestimate themselves. But let's be honest: Who does not even exaggerate himself? And who likes to hear that he is stupid and incompetent? Just.
So, if in the media and in my timeline the horror outweighs the stupid, stupid Trump voters, this not only reveals a gigantic filter bubble, which suggests the majority thinks like you, but it always swings a bit of arrogance and arrogance with wanting to teach these people.
Arguing in post-factual society
Or like brain researcher Gerald Hüther recently in a talk of the Deutschlandfunks on the subject Arguing in post-factual society meaningfully said: With the raised index finger one reaches nothing, changes of the attitudes arise only if the experience values change. Not for nothing Günther Dueck asks something provocatively in his blog: What checks one with 30 IQ points less?
Should one leave it to persuade other people at all? And in an emergency, simply search for space yourself? Why it is even necessary to reach dissenters Lawyer Nina Diercks writes on Facebook:
How to reach the others? How do you explain complex situations and at the same time understand that the simple solution offered is generally not at all? [...] Democracy, the guarantor of security and peace, lives from the conflict. She lives from the compromise. But also of the acceptance. Perhaps it is simply what needs to be conveyed in all directions: democracy and therefore freedom always consists of compromising, by mediating opposing positions.
4 Obstacles in dialogue with others
In the attempt to convince other people or to move to a more differentiated thinking, one also encounters several closely interwoven problem areas.
- Some people just do not want to listen / discuss: For example, because they do not understand the long-term benefits of such a discussion. Because they basically do not like to discuss. Because you do not even understand the other's discussion approach (see 2) or want to understand it (see 3).
- Missing education: The problems are closely interwoven with our education system. For it is still strongly oriented on the industrial age and divides people into different classes at an early stage, which should fit as seamlessly as possible into the predefined economic system. Creative, entrepreneurial thinking as well as digital craftsmanship, as is now being demanded in the course of digitization, is not taught and therefore overwhelmed many, especially in the older generation.
- Narcissism: Some people have a mature psychological problem behind the behavior. Thus, narcists have an early acquired strong inferiority complex, which they compensate with an exaggerated self. As a result, they can deal with criticism badly, block it immediately, but try to get rid of their personal frustration by exercising power over others. Trump himself is the best example of this, but it can also take on far more absurd features, such as acting in a kind of defiant class pride against the "up there" or the "evil digitization" instead of looking at society as a community of and in which one lives. There are quite a few, in part on 2. based cases.
- Understanding of leadership: After all, our society still has an ancient leadership and (often associated) concept of masculinity. Thus, Steve Jobs, not only according to his biographers a total interpersonal asshole, is also revered by reasonable people as a brilliant entrepreneur. Just recently, I have with unanimous colleagues led to unanimous opinion: A manager must take decisions cases and responsibility. In the course of a more and more interconnected digital and global world, individuals are no longer able to survey complex problems and make adequate decisions. In fact, team-oriented, networked management structures are much more contemporary, because they are more innovative, such as Gunter Dueck recently on the future staff explained. Trump has certainly won, too, because in the course of authoritarian management vision, he embodied the strongman to solve the problems. His openly raised sexism has certainly used him rather than harmed, because he thereby also the seemingly strong, powerful, sexually dominant male image corresponded - and apparently also on frightening many women worked.
Complexity creates fear
So the fundamental problem is that with globalization and digitization, we are in a fundamental societal shift that many simply can not handle and that is too frightening in its complexity. That's why we like to fall back on the usual patterns of behavior, which have been practiced for decades and taken over from earlier role models, and often simply solutions.
In other words, with all the desire, now the Trump or potential AfD voters to want to retune, should not be forgotten that often enough can lead to the exact opposite, see above. And that the problem will not be as easy to solve as one would like, probably not to 2017. That in the end it will not always be about good, mutual understanding, but simply about which group has the power of interpretation.
So what can you do? Can you do anything at all? Or one can only hope that people like Robert Basic are right, which summed up optimistic on Facebook:
In all my conversations with the younger ones, I always find the bottom line that their attitude is positive. No matter where they come from, what they believe in, whether Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists. Completely independent of where they live. It promises to become a more open, more permeable and even more global world that understands itself better. Those who pave the way further that national thinking belongs to the "rubbish heap of tribal peoples". They - the boys - will teach us that fear of other cultures, of other sexuality and of the aspiring woman - if I may call it that - was nothing more than traditional brackets for misidentified identification of citizen groups, the demagogues and the powerful always for their own interests could exploit.
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