There’s less than 100 days before we will elect a new Commander-in-Chief. The Republicans have Donald Trump as their nominee, and the Democrats have Hillary Clinton. Now that it is official, we wanted to weigh in with our analysis on what is going on. We will be straight up, and call it as we see it. Although, we will not be endorsing any candidate, we will do our best to provide a fresh and candid perspective.
A Washington Post / ABC News Poll found that 33% of voters say Trump has the right personality and temperament to be President; whereas, in Clinton’s case, 59% of voters say Clinton has the right personality and temperament to be President.
Hilary Clinton has said of Donald Trump: “He is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility.”
Mitt Romney has said of Donald Trump: “He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president and his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill.” Romney has also said of Trump: “His is not the temperament of a stable, thoughtful leader.”
Others have questioned Donald Trump’s temperament. Republicans, democrats, independents, voters, celebrities, business leaders, and television commentators have all said something about his temperament.
In his defense, Trump has made various remarks about his temperament. His comments have often been made contrasting his temperament to Clinton’s temperament.
“My temperament is so much tougher, and so much better than her temperament. And by the way, we need a tough temperament.”
“She’s a very dishonest person. I have one of the great temperaments.”
“I have a winning temperament. She has a bad temperament. She’s weak.”
“I have a temperament where I know how to win. She doesn’t know how to win.”
“My temperament is totally controlled, so beautiful.”
“Hillary Clinton wants to be president. But she doesn’t have the temperament, or, as Bernie Sanders said, the judgment, to be president.”
Trump quoted from a book about Clinton by Gary J. Byrne, a former Secret Service officer: “She simply lacks the integrity and temperament to serve in the office… from the bottom of my soul I know this to be true… Her leadership style — volcanic, impulsive… disdainful of the rules set for everyone else — hasn’t changed a bit.”
So, the big question is, “Who has the right personality and temperament to be President?” David Axelrod, best known as the Chief Strategist for Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns said, “Temperament is the key to this election.” In our blog, we’re going to be looking closely at both candidates’ temperaments. We’ll compare them to others who are similar in temperament. We’ll look at the temperaments of voters, past presidents, and other leaders. In the history of the United States, there has never been a time where temperament has been such a HUGE issue in presidential politics.
In Keirsey Temperament Theory, there are four temperaments, referred to as: Artisans, Guardians, Idealists, and Rationals. These four temperaments each have four subtypes, resulting in a total of sixteen personality types. In our analysis, we would say that Donald Trump is an Artisan, and Hillary Clinton is a Rational.
In the past 100 years, Rational Presidents include: Barack Obama, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Herbert Hoover.
In the past 100 years, Artisan Presidents include: George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Franklin Roosevelt, and Warren G. Harding.
If we drill further down, Donald Trump is an Artisan Promoter ESTP. Keywords for the Artisan Promoter include: Magnetic; Present; Unpredictable; Risk-Taking; Proactive; Tactical). Hillary Clinton is a Rational Mastermind INTJ. Keywords for the Rational Mastermind include: Planning, Self-Confident; Systemic; Utilitarian; Willful; Ingenious.
Here’s the profile of the Artisan Promoter ESTP.
Magnetic: Artisan Promoters have a knack for knowing where the action is. They have an appreciation and palate for the finer things of life, the best food, the best wine, expensive cars, and fashionable clothes. They have a natural instinct for reading people, and are smooth in social circles, knowing many people by name, and knowing how to say just the right thing to most everyone they meet. Artisan Promoters exude charisma and their flamboyant style makes them irresistibly captivating.
Present: Artisan Promoters are engaging and fully present with their audience. They poetically persuade others to have confidence in them and to go along with whatever they propose. They are highly energetic and can energize others. Their “in the moment” spontaneity keeps things exciting, and keeps the enterprise moving on the cutting edge. Artisan Promoters are so engaging with people; they are uncanny at reading people’s faces and observing their body language, hypersensitive to the tiniest nonverbal cues that give away the other’s attitudes.
Unpredictable: These smooth operators are usually something of a mystery to others. Artisan Promoters are always in motion—they become restless when they are not on the move. Since they are always jumping from one activity to the next, they come across as unpredictable, but to themselves, they are actually quite deliberate about their movements. Those that are closest to them are fellow sprinters who move just as quickly. In relationships, others may feel that the only certainty in Artisan Promoters is that things are uncertain.
Risk-Taking: Artisan Promoters are daring thrill seekers, and feel quite at ease exposing themselves and their enterprises to risk. They firmly believe in the axiom, “The greater the risk, the greater the reward.” The higher the stakes, the more emboldened they become—for it is only when excitement looms in the air, that they are stimulated and come alive. They encourage others to take bold risks as well, and can be impatient with weakness or timidity. These high-rolling entrepreneurs are decisive, and are comfortable with “letting it ride.”
Proactive: Artisan Promoters cannot not take initiative. They are extremely proactive, and move quickly, aggressively, and preemptively to get to it first before all others do. They have a bias for action, seeking new experiences. And because of their high energy and lightning speed they can be sharp entrepreneurs, able to swing deals and kick-start enterprises in a way very few others can. Rather than working from behind the scenes, Artisan Promoters work best when they are out in front at the helm of the ship.
Tactical: Artisan Promoters are optimistic and persuasive—without peer as dealmakers, promoters, and negotiators. They are bold, aggressive, and produce results. They can be hard-nosed utilitarians, willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their goals. They are able to advertise or publicize their endeavors, and to maneuver others in the direction they want them to go. It might be said that people are instruments in the hands of these Artisan Promoters, and that they play them artistically.
Here’s the profile of the Rational Mastermind INTJ.
Planning: Rational Masterminds understand the logical consequences of each move, and easily grasp how each step necessitates or entails the next. They design plans for all the contingencies which are bound to arise. They see the forest from the trees, and foresee systemic errors when any complex project is undertaken. With a supremely objective view, these pragmatists are not easily swayed by emotion, hope, luck, or chance. Rational Masterminds always have a Plan A in mind, but are always prepared to switch to Plan B, C, or D if necessary.
Self-Confident: Self-confidence is the trademark for Rational Masterminds, and therefore, decisions come easily to them. They are driven toward completion and results, always with an eye to long-term consequences. They have an inner drive that is unparalleled, and are completely self-assured. When their mind is made up, it is because they have sufficiently analyzed the situation, to leave very little room for doubt. Rational Masterminds have a certainty about their capabilities to overcome any obstacles which stand in the way of winning the prize.
Systemic: Challenges and difficulties are highly stimulating to Rational Masterminds, who thrive on confronting a problem that requires a creative solution. They take a systemic approach in their analysis. Therefore, when they encounter problems of overlapping functions, duplication of effort, inefficient communication channels, and waste of human and material resources, they are quick to realign operations toward the forgotten goal. Rational Masterminds are dedicated individuals whose commitments are directed toward the system.
Utilitarian: For Rational Masterminds, every plan has a purpose, and every step exists for a reason. Order is never arbitrary—every part must have a deliberate, strategic intent if it is to be included in the master design. At the same time, they are highly adaptive and are always ready to change course if new factors are presented. Plans are never set in stone, as they are always subject to improvement. Rational Masterminds are not concerned with ideas, for their own sake, but rather are interested in ideas for their use and utility in reality.
Willful: Rational Masterminds have an unusually strong will; they are tenacious, determined, and resolute. At times, because of their drive, and intensity of focus, they can often become single-minded, and can be hard driving with others. They have a competitive force that comes from within, and a fierce iron will, which drives them toward excellence and superiority in every undertaking. They are high achievers, and push themselves harder than anybody else. Rational Masterminds work best when the stakes are high, with people who are highly competent.
Ingenious: Rational Masterminds make their best contributions with their insights, and are often heralded as providing thought leadership to their various domains of influence. They seek ideas which are relevant for reframing, and aim to reshape reality as it is conventionally perceived. They are ingenious in integrating seemingly contradictory concepts into a unified framework. Rational Masterminds are thoroughgoing pragmatists, seeing reality as nothing more than a chess board for working out and refining their strategies.
So… Who has the right temperament and personality to be President? Who will get the job done? Who will lead us in the right direction? We will find out in 99 days. Stay tuned for more on the Presidential Election at the Keirsey Blog.