Famous humanitarian and children activist, Diana, Princess of Wales, was born on July 1, 1961 as Diana Frances Spencer. She became Lady Diana Spencer in 1975, when her father inherited the title Earl Spencer. She was always passionate about children and chose to work as a kinder school teacher before she married Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, on July 29, 1981. They had two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.
‘People’s Princess’ was the title former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair gave her during his speech at Diana’s funeral. She died on August 30, 1997 in a car crash. This was a befitting title for her as she was indeed the most popular, even the most photographed princess in the world. She used her popularity (and the paparazzi) to promote the causes she was so passionate about and these were mostly the unglamorous ones. She was passionate to comfort people with HIV. She was the first celebrity who was seen holding the hands of a HIV patient. She went to visit the people with Leprosy and offered comfort to these depressed patients. She went to see the landmines victims in Angola and spent time talking to them. She knew that photographers follow her wherever she went and captured everything she did so coming to these less popular places can bring a spotlight and the much-needed awareness to the people. She used her influence among the affluent to support the charity she was championing.
Her leadership came from what her heart spoke and that’s what she was telling the world, a compassionate leader. However, I believe that she was a leader of both mind and heart. She had a strategy, she knew what to focus and how to get there. Her vision was clear and all the actions, to achieve the goals, were carried out by her heart.
Attributes: Humility, Compassion