Oprah Winfrey Leadership Style

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According to John W. Gardner, “Leadership is the process of persuasion or example by which an individual (or leadership team) induces a group to pursue objectives held by the leader or shared by the leader and his or her followers.” And the manner in which an individual persuades a group to follow him defines his leadership style. Donald Trump, the larger-than-life celebrity perhaps best known for the words, “You’re fired!" employs a commanding leadership style. With his military school background and his bluntly assertive manner, he’s proven to raise hackles while developing real estate and an empire that’s worth, according to his own words, more than $8 billion. The commanding leadership style is described as a traditional, authoritative leadership style that involves dishing out orders and criticism, while rarely …show more content…
In 1977, Oprah was becoming a well-known television personality. The general manager of A.M. Chicago viewed Oprah’s talk show tapes from the show People are Talking, and hired her as the new host of A.M. Chicago. Oprah biggest challenge at the time was the fact that the Phil Donahue’s show was also based out of Chicago. Within 12 weeks of her hosting, A.M. Chicago had more viewers than Donahue. Subsequently, in 1985 Oprah purchased A.M. Chicago and renamed it to the Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah described her success as coming from setting goals and from achieving them. Her leadership style has been described as to transcend all boundaries of sex and color. People who work for Oprah do so with extreme loyalty. Oprah Winfrey is prime example of a leader. She has charisma, confidence, passion, drive, perfectionist, tenacity, and vision. She has what some would call “The total package.” Oprah’s vision allowed her to see the big picture and clearly has enabled her to grow into a tireless business woman with endless energy (Heberling & Houghton,

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