Wangari Maathai

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“Every one of us can make a contribution. And quite often we are looking for the big things and forget that, wherever we are, we can make a contribution. Sometimes I tell myself, I may only be planting a tree here, but just imagine what's happening if there are billions of people out there doing something. Just imagine the power of what we can do.” - Hon. Prof. Wangari Maathai

“Every one of us can make a contribution. And quite often we are looking for the big things and forget that, wherever we are, we can make a contribution. Sometimes I tell myself, I may only be planting a tree here, but just imagine what's happening if there are billions of people out there doing something. Just imagine the power of what we can do.” - Hon. Prof. Wangari Maathai

Wangari MaathaiMama Miti : the Mother of Trees
Submitted To,
Mrs. Sutapa Bhattacharjee
Assistant Professor
IBA, University of Dhaka
Submitted By,
Group 02, Section AConsisting of,Ayesha Sabrina (08)
Rahul Saadat (26)
Muhammed Tayabur Rahman (33)
Sumit Saha (39)
Tahrima Tabassum (52)

Date of Submission,
12.12.2012|

1. Introduction
If we look back into history, we will find that all the major events that made a difference to mankind, even the mundane work life has been led by an individual or a group’s ideals and inspiring words. As Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones have to say, “In this age of empowerment, it is difficult to do anything in organizations without followers —and they are becoming harder to find.”[1] Given the context, we feel the necessity to analyze the motivators who have survived the challenges. 1.1 Our view on leadership Leadership has been described as a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task [2]. However, the transition from the Industrial Age to the Interactive Age is leading to constant changes and people are dealing with feelings of uncertainty. In order to become an authentic and transformational leader in these extraordinary times, there is a need to be willing to face unknown and sometimes complex challenges. A leader must also be able to find exemplary ways to lead, to guide and to manage in order to gain commitment towards common goals. Also, to draw the difference between the good and the bad, we have one more avenue to consider- ethical integrity of a leader. A person with an honest and true self-identity, worthwhile purpose and unbiased intention to lead people to greater changes is an ethical and effective leader in our opinion. 1.2 Selection of a real life “leader”: Wangari Maathai Dr.Wangari Muta Maathai, simply put, is an African-born Nobel Peace Prize laureate, a pioneer in environmental & wildlife conservation. With the humane image of an ethical yet effective leader in mind, we believe, this visionary who founded “Green Belt Movement” and fought a lifelong war to promote sustainable development, democracy and peace in corners of Kenya, is just the perfect exemplary icon. 2. Analyzing and interpreting the leader

The “Be, Know, Do” approach to total leadership suggests that a sustainable leader has to serve as role model (with the values and practices), embody the ideal knowledge (with the vision and lessons) and finally, perform ( with motivation and direction)[3]. Wangari Maathai excelled in all three tasks, as proves the different phases and events of her life. 2.1 A role model: the icon of “fearless” action A leader...
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