Barack Obama is a transformational leader who has shown the world that, as the first african-american president of the US, status quos are there to be broken. But how has he achieved such success?
BELIEVE IN YOUR CAUSE
President Obama had his work cut out working his way up through institutions lacking in ethnic diversity. Through hard work, he became a Civil Rights lawyer, a politician, and eventually the most powerful man in the world. Belief is the key to Obama’s strategy, publicised in his popular campaign slogan, ‘Change we can believe in.’
The 44th US president is often lauded as an inspiring orator. His public addresses feature a signature, firm baritone. “One voice can change a room, and if one voice can change a room, then it can change a city. Your voice can change the world,” he said. It would be hard to deny that Obama’s voice has indeed made changes in the world.
EVERYONE DESERVES TO BE HEARD
Despite heavy political opposition, Barack Obama is a dedicated proponent of marriage equality. In 2015, he legalised nationwide same- sex marriage, the first US president to do so. Obama has shown us that no one should lie beneath the line of equality.
SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY
Barack Obama spent his early adult years conducting a variety of public services. After college, he moved to Chicago and worked together with local churches and civil rights movements. Obama believes that we can connect people by recognising the similarities, rather than the differences in us all.
KEEP UP THE MOMENTUM
Obama preaches a dedication to our choices, and moving past the minor problems. “The future rewards those who press on,” he said in 2011, responding to those who criticised his propositions to provide aid to Americans hurt by the financial crisis. “I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.”
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