The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.
Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Gail Winfrey is known for her success in media and the entertainment industry. She is the only black billionaire and the richest African American of the 20th Century, according to Forbes magazine. She has built her own TV network, the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2011. ¬†She is also known for her charity work and her foundation, Family of Better Lives foundation. She’s donated $51 Million, not just for charitable programs, but for the education of the many girls in South Africa. She didn’t have a normal childhood as she was sexually abused by many men, mostly relatives and friends of her mother. However, she turned her wounds into the most powerful will to get up, move on, ¬†search for her mission and helped other women who were abused in any form and give them hope.

Sneak Peek: The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy’s First Graduating Class

This world has produced a lot of leaders who are intelligent, great analysts and strategists but only a few have actually achieved success in terms of building an empire of great leaders like themselves. Most, even hardly move up. Some of them have just fixed their eyes on moving up. Few are only concerned about empathy for their people and unleashing their people’s potentials and this small few move up so fast. Our attitude towards people and life as a whole is the only thing that differentiates across the board.

Emotional intelligence is something in the intelligence spectrum that our education system hasn’t put much focus on yet. Our schools should start focusing on how to help the students believe in the values that the society need. Schools should teach us how to deal and overcome our stresses, our failures, our pains and how these can make or break our future. Our children should be taught how hurtful words and selfishness could make or break someone else’s future.

Leaders who are not motivated by money or position but more on their significance to their people and their worth in the organization they work for are the kind of leaders who effortlessly move up. These leaders know how great potentials are unleashed. These leaders are professional in both words and actions. These leaders know that the words they say can make or break someone’s future.

Attributes: Confidence, Great Communicator, Authentic, Inspiring, Can Do Attitude


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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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