Leadership Assignment

2070 WordsApr 24, 20129 Pages
Two Business Leaders, Two Philanthropist, who is more effective? OR Assignment Topic Compare and Contrast two leaders, at least one of whom must be a business leader. Which of the two was the more effective leader? Why? What skills did they demonstrate? Word Count: 1982 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Achieving effective leadership is a process. This paper considers the different attributes to becoming an effective leader. The paper firstly defines leadership, and then introduces two modern day business leaders Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gates, giving brief biographies on their lives and leadership qualities. It then outlines characteristics of an effective leader and compares and contrasts the two leaders as such. The paper concludes by…show more content…
* The series finale of The Oprah Winfrey Show aired on May 25, 2011. * OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network launched on January 1, 2011. * She was titled Richest African American of the 20th Century * Ranked “world’s most influential woman” * Founded “The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy”, a boarding school for girls in South Africa * Operates “Oprah’s Angel Network” charity fund Oprah as a leader: Some experts agree that Oprah is a leader to emulate; she uniquely inspires her team and executes her vision while maintaining mass appeal. Oprah’s basic philosophy is her team, vision and values. Oprah’s Best Leadership Practices are as follows; * She carefully selects her team to ensure competence and compatibility and stands by them * Gathers trusted members, she seek mentors that she admires who will offer guidance * Values her customers- inspires her audience through large scale humanitarian work * Strategically extends her brand * Keeps her brand focused- Core audience and content area. * Knows how to motivate, she reward employees through incentives, lavish gifts and vacations for employees. * Dreams Big- she has the ability to dream the dream and confidence to make it happen. * Communicates her vision- she utilizes participative leadership style and encourages input from colleagues, she
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