Oprah Winfrey Charismatic Leader

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"I don't know what the future holds but I know who holds it". Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey is the best example of a charismatic leaders I could find. Oprah did not believe that being poor, black, overweight and female in Mississippi was enough to hold her back from pursuing her dreams. She always stayed true to herself. She is a self-made woman capable to change people and organizations. In 1986 Oprah formed her own production company, Harpo Productions, to bring quality entertainment projects into production. Two years later, television history was made when Oprah Winfrey became the first woman in history to own and produce her own talk show. So she achieved great financial success. In 2000 Oprah and Hearst Magazines introduced O, The Oprah Magazine, that became very successful. In 2003, the Forbes magazine list of American billionaires included Oprah Winfrey—the first African-American woman to reach billionaire status. People trust Oprah. As a charismatic transformational leader, she articulates a realistic vision of the future that can be shared, stimulates subordinates intellectually, and has become charismatic in the eyes of her followers. She creates an atmosphere of openness in the organizations she leads, deals with difficult issues in a straightforward manner, listens well and shares information fully. As an Interactive Leader Oprah is deeply aware of the feelings and emotions of those around her. She has become one of the most powerful people on television, a super celebrity who translated her success into a thriving business empire, while maintaining a persona that makes people feel like she is their best friend. I think by her life and achievements Oprah Winfrey embodies my favorite slogan: "Impossible is nothing". She believes in herself, trusts people , listens to them and is open-minded. These traits enable her to become an agent

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