FACING YOUR PAST MISTAKES
by Michel Ouellette JMD, ll.l., ll.m
“If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black”
Last week Joe Biden made an off-the-cuff joke that could be interpreted as taking African-American votes for granted. It was not a big deal. Only a few hours later, he apologizes saying he "I shouldn't have been such a wise guy", "I shouldn't have been so cavalier". Biden, unlike Trump, is capable of admitting error.
“Facing up to past mistakes is a crucial aspect of leadership”
Everybody makes mistakes, and nobody likes admitting having been wrong. But facing up to past mistakes is a crucial aspect of leadership.
Trump’s pathological inability to admit error has been obvious for years, and has had serious consequences. But it took a pandemic to show just how much damage a leader with an infallibility complex can inflict.
It is not an exaggeration to suggest that Trump’s inability to acknowledge error has possibly killed thousands of Americans.
The same week that Biden committed his harmless gaffe, Trump doubled down on his bizarre idea that the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine can prevent Covid-19. Weeks before that he was suggesting that ingesting or otherwise injecting disinfectants could cure the virus.
In some ways Trump is a pitiful figure. We may never know how many people died because Trump kept advertising hydroxychloroquine and promoting disinfectants as a cure for the Covid-19, but the number is certainly more than zero.
“Unless it could incriminate you in a possible lawsuit, never be afraid to admit that you made a mistake”
Biden, on the other hand, while he may not be the most impressive presidential candidate ever, is clearly a man comfortable in his own skin. He knows who he is, which is why he has been able to reconcile with former critics. And when he makes a mistake, he is not afraid to admit it.
Over the past few months the entire world has seen just how much damage a narcissistic president who is never wrong can do. Wouldn’t it be a relief for the people of the United States to have the White House occupied by someone who is not infallible? The White House is in Biden’s reach. But, “The Donald” has not said his last word yet.
With that kind of nut job, always expect the unexpected.
My only advice to you Joe: “Don’t Blow It!”
Michel Ouellette JMD, ll.l., ll.m.
Systemic Strategic Planning, Crisis & Reputation Management