failure is another opportunity for success. Oprah’s overall belief system to rise above the pain and to reframe from disappointments helped her bounce back; more importantly, being a disciplined thinker and authentic articulate person. Oprah was able to bring about effective change in the organization without very little push back; regardless of how employees may feel about their managers, bottom and top executive hold her in high regard. IV. Problem-Solving A. Professional Self-Assessment
Figure 10 Input Theme Stand Out Qualities. Morris, 2019 © Superwoman Business Services. OPRAH WINFREY LEADERSHIP 15 Developed by Don Clifton (father of Strengths Psychology) to help raise self-awareness through the assessment of personal talents; Clifton StrengthsFinder self-assessment gives you a better chance of success in life by opening the doors to what makes you tick. Using this self- assessment, five strengths were revealed; first, individualization supports my instinct ability to observe other’s style, motivation, how they think and build relationships. Because I am such a keen observer of other people’s strengths, I tend to draw out the best in each person; in business, individualization helps me to build productive teams in the startup companies and small business I assist in developing and structuring. Figure 9 highlights stand out qualities; like, I generally feel good about myself, can easily juggle several projects simultaneously, the ability to become well acquainted with individuals and I like figuring out other’s behaviors. Second, input supports my inquisitive side and overall need to collect things (words, facts, books, quotes and other tangible and non-tangible items). Whatever is collected is done because it interests me; in other words, my mind finds many things interesting in this beautiful world full of infinite exciting and complex things. For instance, if I choose to read a lot; it’s not necessarily to refine theories, but rather, to archive more information. Figure 10 (left) highlights stand out qualities; such as, avoiding chit-chat or meaningless talk, determined to push for change that benefits mankind, attracted to
OPRAH WINFREY LEADERSHIP 16 intelligent conversations and by nature restless until a concept, theory or idea has been thoroughly examined. Third, the learner theme perfectly supports my passion and deep love for learning, I will forever be drawn to and excited by the overall process of learning. The steady and deliberate journey from ignorance to competence completely energizes me; more importantly, the thrill of discovering the first few facts and early efforts to practice and master a skill entices me. This excitement and enticement keeps me to engaged in adult learning experiences; such as current efforts to pursue my MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. figure 11 highlights stand out qualities; such as, posing never before asked questions, thinking deeply about things is a necessity, strong concentration skills, drawn to the process of learning and analyzing and investigating mistakes.
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