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Assembling a Leadership Team by Inspiring Loyalty and Commitment

Ronald Reagan believed that you are only as good as the people you surround yourself with. He worked to find the best and brightest people for each area of his administration to create a brain trust around him that would contribute to his ability to make informed, intelligent decisions. He wasn’t afraid to be outshined, but rather he knew that the key to his effectiveness and success would be having leaders in their respective fields join him and support him in his vision for America. Rather than being intimidated by those with expertise and experience, he was motivated by it, inspired by it and thrived on it. 

Creating the Vision: Setting Expansive Goals

“Our country is a special place, because we Americans have always been sustained, through good times and bad, by a noble vision – a vision not only of what the world around us is today but what we as a free people can make it be tomorrow.”  —Ronald Reagan

When Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President of the United States in January 1981, there was widespread domestic malaise. The nation suffered from high inflation, scarce jobs, and low morale. Yet Ronald Reagan immediately took office and began to talk about a new dawn, morning in America, better days ahead, and the proverbial shining city on a hill.

Effective Leadership Communicates a Message to Connect with Others

Ronald Reagan had an authentic way of connecting with people. Authenticity is the essence of all communication. The words he used were vital, yet his ability to accurately connect with his intended audience was imperative. He knew that if his listener did experience a personal and emotional connection to what he said, then his message would not be impactful, inspire action, or bring about change.