Much of what I know about the physics of winning and success has been gleaned from my time on and around the campaign trail. Some people learn the timeless principles of leadership based on their experiences in the boardroom. Others get them in the newsroom or on the playing field—even from the battlefield. Mine have been born from the campaign trail, which is the reason I get on my "soapbox" every now and again to post my observations against the backdrop of breaking political news events.
The campaign trail, just like in the business world, is highly competitive. Because campaigns are launched from scratch every election cycle, they provide the ultimate entrepreneurial showcase. And unique to the campaign environment, it is under the constant glare of the media spotlight that day-to-day executive leadership is on full display. The electioneering laboratory is, therefore, rich with examples of why winners win and losers lose. It is the perfect observatory for understanding the characteristics that separate the successful from the aspiring.
On the campaign trail, the edge goes to those who can demonstrate a clear command of the principles that drive personal and organizational success. In this pursuit, new lessons emerge that are invaluable to innovators, executives, and entrepreneurs.