The Minimalists shared an interesting blog post titled, Can You Imagine a Minimalist President? Once you embrace minimalism, and start seeing the benefits, you start to wonder what life would be like if more people got onboard with minimalism.
From the blog post, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus share that we have already had a minimalist president, Calvin Coolidge. During his tenure as president, his policies helped bolster our economy.
During the 67 months of his presidency, the national debt, the federal government, the federal budget, unemployment, and consumer prices shrank—and the GDP expanded significantly.
Certainly there is more to consider about his term as president that just his minimalist leanings, and quite frankly, it would take a bit more research than I am prepared to do for this blog post to find out what other factors contributed to the economic issues of the time. But, from what I did read, and from what I’ve seen of current day presidents, personal philosophy likely plays a major role in a leader’s policies.
Here is another interesting tidbit from Wikipedia,
Coolidge was quite frugal when it came to securing a home. They rented. Coolidge did not like to be beholden to bankers or anyone else, for that matter. Independence was his way of protecting his freedom to do what was right.
I feel the same about renting, I find that you have more independence and freedom when renting as opposed to owning (and borrowing to own).
One last thought on this topic. Our current president, Barack Obama, has some minimalist tendencies as well. His wardrobe, for example, consists of only black and gray suits. I don’t know how many suits are in that wardrobe, but to simplify it to two basic types is a minimalist technique. In President Obama’s case, he does this to limit decision fatigue.
Decision fatigue refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual, after a long session of decision making. Through minimalism, you can reduce the number of decisions you need to make in certain areas, and this can help you maintain a level of quality for the more important decisions of the day.
What are your thoughts on minimalism for people in leadership roles? Do you think it could benefit them? Do you have any other examples to share? Share in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.