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Leadership Research Paper Denise Arbuckle MGT 330 December 6, 2010 Dick Hosbbs Leadership Research Paper Leadership Position When I began to research major business leaders, I did not realize there were so many. As I searched the internet I came across a site where a survey was taken to identify the top 25 most influential people in business. Out of the 25 that I had to choose from, I chose Oprah Winfrey. Oprah Winfrey was rated number 16 out of 25. I chose Oprah Winfrey because I have watched her grow and prosper over the many years that the Oprah show has been on television and I have always heard about her generosity, Philanthropy and savvy business deals. Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Her mother was an unwed teenager, so for the earlier part of Oprah’s life she was cared for by her grand mother. Very early in life, her grand mother taught her how to read and “at the age of three Oprah was reciting poems and Bible verses in local churches.” (©1996 - 2010 American Academy of Achievement, Oprah Winfrey Biography, revised Oct 21, 2010, Para 1, retrieved Dec 6, 2010) Leadership Philosophy According to Oprah Winfrey “Some women have a weakness for shoes... I can go barefoot if necessary. I have a weakness for books. My philosophy is that doing your best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” (IMDb, Biography for Oprah Winfrey, Personal Quotes, retrieved Dec 6, 2010) Corporate Success or Challenges Oprah Winfrey is “the highest-paid performer on television, the richest self-made woman in America, and the richest African-American of the 20th century.” (©1996 - 2010 American Academy of Achievement, Oprah Winfrey Biography, revised Oct 21, 2010, Para 15, retrieved Dec 6, 2010) After winning the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant, at the age of 17, she was offered a job at WVOL, which

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