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Kairan’s Black History Month Hero 2017

My Black History Month Hero is Barack Obama due to my admiration of his leadership during his presidency. I truly believe that everybody has a responsibility to lead by example and understand that it’s not about one single person being accountable for all change but it is about one person inspiring and leading to achieve.

We need to internalise this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent.

On November 4, 2008, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois was elected president of the United States over Senator John McCain of Arizona. Obama became the 44th president, and the first African American to be elected to that office.

If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress…..

Not only was Obama the first African-American president, he was also the first to be born outside the continental United States. Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961.

What Washington needs is adult supervision…..

Barack Obama became a pivotal figure in American history even before his inauguration. But after winning a second term in 2012, his achievements in office have made him one of the most transformative presidents of the past hundred years.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek…..

He took office with a country in peril and lead an entire Nation through the Great Recession, two wars, civil unrest, a rash of mass shootings, and changing cultural demographics. In the 2008 campaign he called for change and eight years later I believe the United States of America is more prosperous country because of it.

 Yes, We can…..

Everyone who has heard of the US elections would have come across this phrase coined by Obama, ‘Yes we can!’. It inspired a whole nation because of the context of the US economy at that time; unemployment was high and it was the aftermath of the Lehman Crisis of 2008.

Throughout his presidency, the unemployment rate dropped significantly from 10% to 4.7% over a six year period and amongst many other achievements, he signed the Affordable Care Act which provided health insurance to over 20 million uninsured Americans

Ask yourself – How can I make people around me do great things?…..

This signifies a can-do attitude about Obama, inspiring his followers to believe that all things are possible despite the challenges. As a leader, we need to show this can-do attitude too; to believe that it is possible first before our followers believe; to see the victory before anyone else sees it.

If you want your followers to take ownership of corporate decisions, you have to include them in the decision making process. People who are isolated from that soon become withdrawn and disinterested, feeling that they can do little to influence outcomes. Consider how you can include more people in your decision making and find ways to get their input; they might just surprise you.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

Obama managed to explain his vision in a very simple manner. He constantly used the word ‘change’ in his speech. This word embodied the spirit of his words and it came out through his conviction in his speeches.

As we advise our clients, you need to speak to the heart to capture people; speaking to the mind gets them to intellectually agree with you, but it will not necessarily get them to follow you. This is an important skill as a leader.


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