My Lessons from Barack Obama’s Presidential Memoir

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Forge the right team for any endeavor

The former president quite understood the principle of adopting a strong support system. Behind every successful bill he passed, great speech he presented, the successful campaign that voted for the first black American president, there was a team of hard working and smart men and women from diverse backgrounds and expertise.

Hard work betrays none

This was probably one of the reinforcing themes on each page of the volume. Obama gave diverse scenarios of the hurdle he faced especially with the Republicans in the senate to pass a bill.

Your family is key.

I particularly relished every paragraph he wrote about his family during their dinner time, vacation etc. Barack and Michelle’s ability to guard the privacy of their kids and their efforts to ensure a normal life for their girls should be commended.

Never work in a toxic environment

Within the pages of the volume, Obama reiterated to his team the need to respect each other, their views and celebrate each other when the need arises. He laid the example by sending bouquet of flowers or a note to any of his team members celebrating a birthday or any other event

Whatever good you do, people will talk, so do it anyway

For every move he took to save the economy, transform America’s healthcare, track down Osama Bin Laden, there were naysayers and encouragers. My point here is, people will mutter words at any action you take- good or bad. So while you must be thorough in your decision making process, get ready for mixed reactions because it is vain to believe you can please everyone. So face your duty, do your best, learn from your errors and ignore naysayers!

Never look down on anyone.

He was black, they said he had a weird name, grew up in unusual circumstances, but guess what? He manned one of the most powerful offices in the world for 8 years! That’s enough lesson!

You must Understand to be Understood

I loved the fact that before he made any decision, he listened to every member of his team carefully. This trait was glaring in the decision to kill Osama Bin Laden. If you want people to give you their listening ears, you have to lend them yours too and first actually!



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Abigail Olajire

Abigail Olajire

A communication researcher with a keen interest in the media and developmental policies that has the propensity to spur growth