- The job of President is the senior executive of the U.S. federal government enterprise.
- Managing a complex bureaucracy of systems and organizations requires proficiency and successful experience.
- Special consideration is needed to ensure the alignment and transferability of experience to that of being Commander-in-Chief in a global environment.
My book, How to Select an American President by James A. George with James A. Rodger (c) 2017 Archway Publishing, describes how to evaluate candidate resumes.
I suggest that having commercial business enterprise experience is a positive attribute with specific concerns. First, the scope, scale, and complexity of the business model must be comparable to that of the federal government enterprise.
- They operate under the rule of law
- They are international or global enterprises
- The nature of the business is service-oriented and of moral quality and noble purpose
- They employ a diverse workforce reflective of the population
- They embrace triple bottom line accounting for economic, social, and environmental responsibility
- They demonstrate successful planning and financial management
Because of the federal government enterprise and work of the President is law-intensive, with unique collaboration and cooperation with a bipartisan Congress, it is essential that the presidential candidate possesses the intellect and behavioral qualities to perform in that environment.
Assessing Donald Trump, I appreciated his success as an individual entrepreneur and capitalist. Where he deviated from my standard is that his type of enterprise is more like a large family-owned business headed by an authoritarian executive. Much of the Trump business is a combination of commercial development, that is good. However, a lot is associated with the gambling and gaming industry that does not apply.
Trump's personal behavior has a legacy for all to have seen and evaluated. I did, and rejected him as a candidate.