It’s why you need a person who can think about many different outcomes and how it affects people and countries down the line who might not be the subject of the decision you are making. Every decision affects others, some in ways you can’t predict or even imagine
It is one of the defining characteristics of a leader vs a ruler.
It’s a combination of poker and chess. You have to think many moves ahead and understand others tendencies to know how to act and react. Some moves are a distraction. Some are to set up another move.
Few have this talent. Eisenhower had to lead on the battlefield and out think his enemies. Reagan brought down the Soviet Union by having them spend themselves into destruction. He had the nerve to walk out on negotiations at Reykjavik to show the ruler of the other super power at the time how to negotiate. The press said he was starting WWIII because they did not understand 3 dimensional thinking.
Trump kept North Korea, China and Russia in check by having them be unsure of his next move. He was always a step ahead of them
We are now being played by the Chinese, OPEC, the Russians and others because we are predictable and show 2 dimensional leadership.
When I saw Lou Gerstner resurrect IBM and hold it together, I said I would vote for him for president. He understood what it took to manage an octopus of an organization. He had vision for an outcome that his predecessor wasn’t qualified to do. It is why I don’t support career politicians, because their goal is egocentric, to get power and keep it, mostly to get re-elected.
It is also important to have to deal with those not from your country and those on many levels from worker to C-Suite.
Conversely, being a political animal qualifies you for being woke and knowing how to work the system, not lead a country.
For our country to return to greatness, we need to have new leadership who has the ability to see the whole picture, even though it hasn’t occurred yet.
It is better to have someone who has managed a budget and hired/fired/promoted/demoted people, not have a staff who tells you what to do. You can see why either governors or businessmen have been better leaders than senators.
It is clear that we are lacking leadership. You have to keep promises that you make on the campaign trail. If not, you will be judged by them.
The world is watching what you do to predict how you will act next. It is why I fear for the Ukraine and Taiwan. When they saw that we walked away from Afghanistan, they knew we were not going to stop anyone by thought or force.
Were I a leader of an opposing country right now, I wouldn’t fear any retaliation by the US, NATO or any like organization. The US leadership has devolved that quickly.
Those that wish to attack us from within or by trade, bio-weapon or negotiation don’t fear the USA right now.
We need leadership, not politicians who spout promises and demean opponents.