Leadership roles can be achieved based on achievements, skills, knowledge, or experiences. Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey are the leaders I respect most. Oprah Winfrey, to me, is the pinnacle of Black female greatness. Her success is an example of excellence and she has been a role model for me in both journalism and business. In the 1980s, America’s struggle to embrace diversity was at its worst, and she became the first African-American woman journalist. It is an incredible achievement. Oprah Winfrey became a rage in 1980 when she gave out critical remarks to the general public. Oprah Winfrey is a remarkable interviewer and has extraordinary intelligence. The power of consistency and devotion is evident in her desire to be a part of an industry dominated mostly by men and whites.
Barack Obama, with his extraordinary oratory skills, charismatic ideals and intellectual ability, is an outstanding role model. In 2008, I was privileged to witness a young Barack Obama give an inspiring speech at Denver’s Democratic National Convention. It was clear that he could address critical problems facing disadvantaged people, like the Affordable Care Act and affordable housing. He also addressed global issues such as climate change and terrorism.
Bill Gates is my role model for business, as he transformed Microsoft into a global corporation that has a positive impact on the lives of people. His employees were motivated to work hard and had a lot of fun, which helped Microsoft reach the Fortune 500. Gates knew that he was working in an extremely dynamic industry where adaptability and proactivity are key to the company’s success. Gates, because of his generosity through the Gates and Melinda Gates Foundation is my role model.