Compare and Contrast Two Leaders


The aim of this discussion is to compare and contrast the differences, as relates to the leadership styles of Sarah Pailin and Oprah Winfrey as effective leaders. Both women are excellent leaders and have accomplished much in their respective leadership capacities as politician/ activist and business icon and entrepreneur. Sarah Palin’s approach to leadership, personality and experience differs to that of Oprah Winfrey and it is using these differences we will come to a conclusion as to who better represents the qualities of an effective leader.


1. Introduction 2. A look at Sarah Louise Palin 3. A look at Oprah Winfrey 4. Comparison of leaders 5. Conclusion 6. References

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This essay will compare and contrast the characteristics of two of America’s female leaders. In analysing the effectiveness of their leadership, this essay will evaluate the traits, personality, history, experience, and values of each leader. The ability to bring people together around shared beliefs and a common organisational purpose to create a sense of belonging is a prerequisite for an effective leader and will formulate the basis of defining an effective leader for the purpose of this paper.

Sarah Louise Heath Palin was named by Time Magazine as one of the world’s top leaders for 2010. As an American politician who was Governor of the state of Alaska from 2006 to July 2009 and the Republican vice presidential nominee in the 2008 United States presidential election race, Palin has established her role as a woman of stature in American political history. Palin was the second female vice presidential candidate representing a major political party and the first woman elected Governor of Alaska.

Her story has been predicated on her belief in a traditional value system for the United States of America specifically transparency and accountability in government. These ideals have actually led to her resignation...