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Genius Factor: What Angelina Jolie, Oprah, Mother Teresa & Michelle Obama Have in Common

Angela D. Coleman
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These women are all leaders.  Specific traits define women genius and lay a path toward wisdom that we can all hope to follow.

The mission of Chattanooga’s Lean In – Women GroundBreakers is to ASPIRE & INSPIRE.  In her recent Huffington Post article, Deborah J. Levine highlighted the organization’s use a Matrix Model Management System to identify women leaders and share their stories. Their Wise-Decision-Making Matrix divides leadership traits and strategies into categories.

Four categories were of special interest:

  1. Expertise
  2. Character
  3. Vision
  4. Action

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Which women exemplified these leadership traits? In addition to their own relatives, lawyers, entrepreneurs, activists, and scientists, some chose business leaders, politicians and celebrities:

Expertise: Gloria Steinem, Sally Ride, Marilyn Lloyd

Character: Michelle Obama, Mother Teresa, Eleanor Roosevelt, Scout Finch

Vision: Oprah Winfrey, Madeleine Albright, Dagny Taggart

Action: Marie Curie, Sheryl Sandberg, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Angelina Jolie

Of the four, the category receiving the most votes for greatest value was character.  What is character? Those surveyed said it meant to be trustworthy, dependable, and responsible.

In addition, the project highlighted storytelling as a big part of how we can succeed together as sisters.

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“Young women leaders need to hear the stories of those who came before them so they know that they’re not alone. The road to change is often bumpy, but with perseverance, knowledge and vision, we can overcome hurdles and succeed.”

Leanne Barron

“The impact of wisdom from women leaders, past and present, brings strength and motivation to succeed. These stories should never be forgotten. Rather, their accomplishments and impact on history should be reinforced.”
Tina Player

“Hearing women’s stories will help you develop a goal for your life, help you find your purpose, and make a difference in the community where you live.”
Ardena Garth Hicks

“Not only do these ladies demonstrate strength in leadership, they embody or display the ‘soft’ character traits that make us sensitive to the needs of others. In other words, ‘They care’.”
Donna Roseberry

“History should become Herstory. Most women don’t realize their experiences are a reflection of their past family relations, community relations, and global impacts.”
Denise Reed


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