When it comes to human dignity, we cannot make compromises.
Angela Merkel

Forbes’ most powerful woman on the planet (10 years running), Angela Merkel is the Chancellor of Germany and the leader of the Christian Democratic Union since 2000. She  earned a doctorate in Physical Chemistry and used to work as a Research Scientist.

Angela Merkel Scientist
A Scientist First Merkel earned a Ph.D. in quantum chemistry before entering politics; here she holds a beaker of water while serving as Environment Minister in the 1990s

Photo by: U. Baumgarten - Getty Images

We have heard of her achievements (especially her pursuit to end the war between Russia and Ukraine) and how great of a leader she is,  but one thing that made Merkel became a household name was when she welcomed the Syrian refugees to Germany, with open arms. Whilst fences are put up and strong fortress of armies lined up in other European countries, Merkel did exactly the opposite.

“THE COMPASSIONATE MOTHER OF SYRIAN REFUGEES”

Her compassion to the Syrian refugees is beyond measure. The difficult situation that these refugees were in, had been the content of most of the international news networks and we were all heart-broken but no leader said anything until Merkel did and repeatedly said, “We can manage this”.  The biggest impact she made was when leaders of the European countries, Australia and the US; as well as the wealthy businessmen/philanthropists started to talk about these refugees and pledged on the numbers of refugees they would take in or help in any way they can.

As leaders, we don’t see our people as elements who will do most of the dirty work. We must see them as people, breathing, living, dignified, smart, loved and respected by their respective families and friends, and most importantly you recognize their worth that they will help you achieve your objectives.  We show compassion, we listen to their woes and will find ways to help, within our capacity. God is never wrong to decide that you lead His people.

Merkel’s Mantra (Shared by Vanity Fair in the article ‘Angela’s Assets’):  There are no problems, but rather “tasks” to be resolved using the scientific method of imagining every possible outcome. Take small steps. Explain very little. For me, it is always important that I go through all the possible options for a decision. 

Attributes: Compassionate, Selfless, Smart, Decisive, Proactive, Spiritual

References:
The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women – Forbes.com
Angela Merkel – Biography.com
How Angela Merkel Has Led Germany to New Prominence – Vanityfair.com
Angela Merkel – Telegraph.co.uk
Angela Merkel Quotes – Brainyquote.com

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Learning and Culture Director at Stellar Philippines
Franelyn 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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