Dangers of Unconscious Leadership

Fear from 2016 Come True

Back in 2016, I wrote a blog about Donald Trump and his inability to self-regulate and think clearly under pressure. “...Because he has no self-control, my biggest fear is Donald Trump’s non-conscious, knee-jerk reactive brain will be making high-level decisions about how we run this country, and the world for that matter…and I am afraid that is going to get a lot of people killed…”

Sadly, at the time I had no idea how accurate that statement would be. . .

If Trump was calm and rational his brain would have functioned differently. He would have been able to see and take in more information from the experts and get a wider perspective of the situation. An estimated 90 percent of the cumulative deaths in the United States from Covid-19, might have been prevented by putting social distancing policies into effect two weeks earlier as demonstrated in this graph by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

As the number of cases of coronavirus continues to rise in many parts of the country I urge leaders to be radically self-aware and to think clearly when making decisions about re-opening their offices. The CDC offers guidelines to help.

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