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April 17, 2016

Diana, Princess of Wales

I don’t go by the rule book. I lead from the heart, not from the head.

Diana, Princess of Wales

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.

Diana, Princess of Wales at Taj Mahal
The Princess of Wales sat in front of the Taj Mahal during a visit to India — Tim Graham (Getty Images)

‘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


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Fran Saguindang Riego de Dios, MS has been in training and leadership development for more than a decade now. In earning her Master of Science in Biology degree, she joined the College of Science and Mathematics faculty of MSU-IIT and published her studies in Asia Life and Philippine Scientists Journals. For her, moving into the corporate world felt odd at first but with the scientific method and discipline in her backpack, it has become a fulfilling experience. You may also visit her personal Science Blog Site at Live Well. She also enjoys music (sings and plays the piano) and art (portrait sketch).
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