Is the reputation of strength or weakness a real political factor?

Especially with the current state of politics I hear a lot of talk about the perceived strength or weakness of the state leaders. Somehow I doubt that serious politics are settled in the same way as a jailhouse feud, but perhaps I’m underestimating the human element.

Do you think reputation is as big a deal as it’s often made out to be, or is this more of a cute talking point for some people?

I think soft skills are probably the most important skills for a politician.

If nobody thinks you have the strength of will to make something happen or convince people to come over to your side, then their policies aren’t going to be enacted, so why vote for them?

For international politics, if your leader lets other leaders get away with things, your leader is doing the country a disservice.