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Barack Hussein Obama today became the President elect in line to be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America. Although the margin of his win over the Republican nominee, John McCain, wasn’t too much in terms of the popular vote, he trounced his rival where it counted the most- in the Electoral College.

There have been significant differences in the two campaigns. The personalities and backgrounds of the two candidates could not be more different.  What made Obama get such a spectacular victory?  To a large extent his biggest ally ( and the biggest stone around the Republican’s neck) was the very strong anti-incumbent feelings against the current President, George Bush. The recent economic crisis made things only worse for McCain.

Jack and Suzy Welch write in Business Week about the lessons for business from Barack Obama’s victory. You may agree or disagree with their assessment-as borne out by the reader comments that follow. I agree with the Welch assessment and would like to add that Obama used the internet brilliantly to garner a huge force to work for him. He also built on his strengths- embodying youth in comparison with the much older McCain.

The results have brought a long fought battle to a close. Millions all over the world congratulate Obama on creating history- becoming the first person of African-American descent to become the President of the United States.

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This is Post No: 337 of the “A Step A Day” series : To provide perspective and provoke thought to facilitate self-development across a wide spectrum of issues- big and small- crucial for executive success.