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(Andrew Malcolm, “A surprise: Oprah pays a real cost for supporting Barack Obama”): According to a survey conducted in 1999 for the most admired and respected women of the 20th century; Oprah got 26 % of the votes coming at second place. Mother Teresa was voted No.1 in this survey. Another poll was conducted in 2003 by Fox News and the poll results showed that 60% of the people thought that Oprah was the most powerful woman. Whereas Hillary Clinton, who is a former first lady and senator was able to influence only 28% of the people who took the poll.
(Thomas, “Oprah Winfrey- Bio Brief”) She was born on January 29, 1954 in Mississippi to Vernita Lee, a housekeeper, and Vernon Winfrey, who was a soldier. Her parents were not very rich people and she did not enjoy a luxurious lifestyle in her childhood. On the contrary, she saw many hard times which have made her the person she is now. Her full name is Oprah Gail Winfrey.
(Thomas, “Oprah Winfrey- Bio Brief”) Her first job was of a news anchor at Nashvilles WTVF, she was the first African-American anchor there. After some time she was asked to co-host a show “People are Talking”. This was her first step on the road of much bigger things. Then, she finally landed in Chicago to host a low rated morning show “AM Chicago”. Her personality and interpersonal skills earned that show first place within a span of 12 months. After years of small jobs, she got the job of her dreams to host her own show “The Oprah Winfrey Show” which is one now of the top-rated shows of the world. Her easy to talk attitude has earned her a great fan following. The great part about her fame is that she uses it to influence people in doing well for the society and in making the planet a better place for everyone to live in.
She is considered to be one of the richest people in the entertainment industry and is always involved in giving away donations and helping the poor. She has also made a charity
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Many people have come, played their part in the world and left proudly leaving their history and footsteps behind for the world to appreciate. There are many living legends who have emerged successfully with talent, found their purpose and have nurtured it in solitude as well as in the companionship of this world.
All the decisions in her business are solely dependent on her will and intellect. She focuses on opportunities and grabs them as they come with little consideration about the problems and risks that could be faced in the execution phase of the concept. She has never followed formal business models or plans to develop competitive strategies for her business, rather takes decisions on the basis of her own gut feelings.
The most common terms used to explain the influence of heredity and environment are nature and nurture respectively (Ryckman, 2008). In the ‘nature’ view, people’s behavior is determined by genetic disposition or even basic instinct. The nurture view on its part suggests that people behave and think in a certain manner just because the society has taught them to do so (Cooper, 2008).
Despite Oprah Winfrey not being on TV screens daily following the end of her talk show in 2011, she remains among the world’s headlining billionaires. With the much interest elicited among scholars on charismatic and transformational leadership theories with regard to organizational research, Oprah offers an appropriate illustration for this article.
People tend to associate brands with certain attributes and traits and thereby, as a mark of appreciation for those traits, happen to ascribe to and associate with those brands. In that context, the personal brands do command a special significance in the sense that they tend to depend for their viability on the personal attributes and persona of a personality or personalities (Vitberg, 2010).
In addition, at least 65% of people in the US get the majority of their news and information via the TV. However, this does not point towards a lazy population or the persuasive character of TV. The fact that a significant number of Americans are illiterate ensures that TV is a necessity for many Americans to get their news and information.
This is following her transformational leadership over time and the impact of her life’s works that have done much to revolutionize the world and individual lives for all her fans and those that care to follow the messages that she delivers.
Longman dictionary defines racism as “the belief that different races of people have different characters and abilities, and that your own race is the best” and discrimination as “the practice of treating one person or group differently from another in an unfair way” (Longman Dictionary Online).
The United States has developed to many great leaders that have positively influence our society. Two of these leaders are Oprah Winfrey and Alan Greenspan. Oprah is one of the world wealthiest business women, while Alan Greenspan