Ethics & Public Policy Center

President Trump Can Learn Something From Michael Jordan

Published in The Washington Post on May 12, 2020


President Trump styles and sells himself as a great leader. The ESPN documentary on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, “The Last Dance,” shows, however, what a truly great leader looks like.

Trump and Jordan share many characteristics. Both are men driven by an exceptional desire to win. Both have achieved wild success in their chosen fields. Both also proved to be masters at public relations, building their career success into becoming public icons and commercial personalities. But the similarities end there.

Jordan, unlike Trump, saw that individual success does not make one truly great. He could have been content with being known as the greatest talent of all time, a man who could score seemingly at will. Instead, he dedicated himself to making his team the greatest of all time.

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Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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