Malala Yousafzai is the type of leader who gained her power by doing good things, and continues to use her power for good. Some may not consider her a leader, or think that she has power but in many important ways she is and does. Malala has lead girls all across the world to stand for themselves, and taught them to understand that they have a right to an education. Malala was born in Mingora, Pakistan in 1997 (Profile). As a child, Malala was taught by her father to value education (Bio). This is most likely the reason that education is such an important issue to Malala. In 2008 the Taliban began targeting girl’s schools in Pakistan, it was this year, when Malala was 11 that she gave one of her first speeches in Swat Valley that was titled “How Dare the Taliban Take Away My Basic Right to Education” (Bio). After this Malala began gaining more notoriety. Malala also blogged anonymously for the BBC in 2009, telling about life under Taliban rule (Profile). It wasn’t until December that it was revealed that Malala was the real blogger (Profile). Malala also won the Children’s Peace Prize and the Pakistan National Peace Award for her activism (Profile).
Malala quickly became known as the Pakistani activist for female education (Profile). The Taliban issued a death threat against her for this activism in 2011, but she still continued going to school every day, despite their threats (Malala). The next year in 2012, the Taliban boarded Malala’s school bus one morning, and shot her in the head (Profile). Fortunately Malala survived and was sent to a hospital in England (Malala).
Malala recovered and returned to school while living in Birmingham (Bio). A year after she was shot and recovered, Malala gave a speech at the United Nations when she was 16. Malala continues to give speeches and speak out about education. Malala says that every child in the world should have the right to an education, especially in this modern day and age, when education is a necessity (Malala).
Malala gained her power by giving these speeches and standing up for other girls across the world. Even though the Taliban tried to kill her, she still has not lost her power, and continues to go to school and be an activist, despite their threats. Malala does not plan to stop any time soon and says she would like to become Prime Minister of Pakistan, so that she can help her country, and all the girls who aren’t getting an education.
After Malala was shot in the head, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013, but did not win (Malala). Then in 2014 Malala was nominated again and won (Malala). In her acceptance speech Malala spoke about how her journey was not unique and many girls in her country and other countries in the world go through the exact same thing that she did (Malala). Malala also spoke about her thoughts on education, and how we should try to achieve world peace (Bio).
In conclusion, Malala is a good leader. She only tries to help other girls who have struggled with the same things she has. Malala gained her power through speeches and activism. Malala is the type of leader who has never and would never use her power for her own gain or to hurt others. Malala Yousafzai is the opposite of a Machiavellian leader
Bio.com. A & E Networks Television. n.d. Web. 12 Feb 2015.
“Malala Yousafzai.” The Guardian. n.p. n.d. Web. 11 Feb 2015.
“Profile: Malala Yousafzai.” BBC News. n.p. n.d. Web. 10 Feb 2015