Trained to be a leader like Hillary Clinton
Introduction: Hillary Clinton, the 67th Secretary of state, and the wife of Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of Untied State of America. According to the Times magazine, she is one of the most powerful woman in the world and has many supporters and adherents around the world, most of whom are women and children. She is a famous person for her achievement in politics and other non-profitable works like charity.
As a leader, she is famous for her effectiveness and toughness when facing crises. American people say: For Hillary Clinton, you either love her or hate her, there is no other choice. This statement shows the dramatic influence of Hillary Clinton and the fact that this woman can never be overlooked.
She once was the top 100 excellent lawyer in America, and the most educated First Lady of America. She has played many outstanding roles such as lawyer, the First Lady of America, senator and the Secretary of State, and she once was the most promising woman candidate who was competing to be the president of America. And the success makes her more glorious and setbacks make her grow stronger and braver.
Hillary Clinton was appointed as the Secretary of State by President Obama on February the second, 2009, and started her career of being an leader and politician ever since. Leaders can be trained, and for the employees in a company, there are methods and measures which can be taken to development effective leaders out of the common workers.
Factors and attributes contribute to the effectiveness of a leader From the history and the success of Hillary Clinton as a leader, it’s not difficult to come to the conclusion that many factors, such as, family background, the personalities, education, can influence the effectiveness of a leader (Keller, 2002).
To illustrate this point more clearly and specifically, it’s necessary to take Hillary Clinton for example. She was born in a rich and happy family, her father was a boss of a curtain company (Klimoski and Hayes, 2000). Her parents’ education and teaching have made an impressive effect on her. For example, her parents taught her to be independent and tough, and cultivated her to be strong and brave when facing crises and be calm and clear-minded when there were setbacks and failures. Her potential of being a good leader was showed at her early age when she was in primary school, she loved to lead and order her classmates (Kirkpatrick, 2006).
The family background also affects her personality. She is independent in life, especially in thinking and judging to make the right choice, and she is tough, hardworking, persistent and aim-oriented as people considered (Howell and Frost, 2009).
She never gives up what she is doing and in the process of realizing her goals she spares no effort and tries everything at her disposal. She is quick in both mind and words and seems fearless all the time (Lowe and Kroeck, 2006). All those characteristics contribute to her success in leadership and even in life. Education is also a factor, for the more one reads and experienced, the more mature and calm he is in thinking and in dealing with affairs (Howell and Avolio, 2005).
Most of the famous leaders around the world are excellent graduates from the top universities such as Harvard, Yale, Cambridge, Oxford and Qing Hua and Peking universities in China. Education can broaden and enlighten one’s mind to make him think deeper and more comprehensive about the issues (Fiedler and House, 2008). Just as Hillary Clinton is a doctor in law, apart from being a good leader, she can also be a renowned lawyer. Her high education will by no means help her in leading and managing the country (Klimoski and Hayes, 2000).
Training and development to help people who aspire to lead
Although some of the factors cannot be controlled personally such as the birth and family background, other characteristics and qualities can be cultivated, such...
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