Which is why Trump will be extremely upset when he learns that Fortune magazine recently published their annual list of the world’s greatest leaders.
Trump doesn’t appear on that list at all, and we’re not surprised.
What will irk the President more, however, is that some individuals he likely considers “subordinate” or “inferior” to him have made the cut.
Pope Francis features at the third spot on the list. Trump isn’t a fan of the Pope, who once said building walls “is not Christian.” Trump’s famous reply included the phrase “If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened.”
Number four is Melinda Gates. The Gates family are far richer and more successful than Donald Trump, and Melinda is a woman so it will automatically infuriate misogynist Trump that she is considered ‘”better” than him. The Gates have previously criticized Trump’s defunding of Planned Parenthood.
At number seven is Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, Trump’s second National Security Advisor. McMaster has been famed for his leadership qualities since the 1991 Gulf War when he led his troop of tanks to victory against overwhelming numbers of enemy forces at the Battle of 73 Easting. McMaster is also a qualified author, with his bestseller
McMaster is also a qualified author, with his bestseller Dereliction of Duty becoming an instant classic in military circles. Trump will no doubt be livid that a man who answers to him is considered a better leader.
Shortly behind McMaster is Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) at number 9. According to the list, the military and political veteran, and one-time presidential candidate has “become one of the nation’s most trusted voices on defense by being both a backer of a strong military and a cautionary voice against ill-advised conflicts.”
Considering McCain has been leading the charge for a Congressional investigation into Trump’s Russia ties and has positioned himself as one of the most prominent anti-Trump Senators, this should similarly send Trump into paroxysms of rage.
Straight after McCain at number ten is Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor. Recent stories ran headlines that Merkel, not Trump, is now “leader of the free world,” a title usually reserved for the US President. Trump has criticized Merkel’s open doors migrant policy and refused to shake hands with her at the awkward meeting last week.
Following Merkel are basketball superstar LeBron James and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, respectively. Kasich’s appearance on the list will be especially tough for Trump to accept, considering Trump technically “beat” him in the Presidential race.
The list goes on to feature plenty of other names Trump no doubt considers himself better than. Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) comes in at number 13, civil right lawyer Bryan Stevenson is number 16, former Vice-President Joe Biden is 23rd, Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau is 31st, Chance the Rapper is 46th and London Mayor Sadiq Khan is 48th.
Every single one of these individuals, and likely thousands more, are better leaders and more successful icons than the volatile and egotistical Trump.
If Trump wants to be remembered as a good President, or remembered at all for that matter, he should take note of the qualities these 50 individuals possess and apply them to his atrocious leadership style. Being a bully only gets you so far.