Leadership In Dean Valentine's The Ellen Show

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A leader is the head commanding person of a group, someone who does the action of leading. Nine times out of ten we think of a leader such as the president, the chairman of a department, or the General of the Army. Although these may all be excellent examples, we should not put limitations on the title of a leader and how they can perform. The reason leaders are defined a “leader” is because they usually stand out in a crowd instead of blending in. In addition to standing out, being a leader is committing to influence others in the need to join the movement and inspire others. Their vision as a leader can help others see what there is to come, in the future. The importance of leadership can be emphasized till certain extend without…show more content…
On April 30, 1994 the episode on “The Ellen Show”, “The Puppy Episode” aired with the audience applauding very supportively when she revealed her sexual orientation. Although Disney executive, Dean Valentine was supportive many of the advertisers were not. “Some advertisers bowed to pressure from powerful “family values” groups and issued statements that they would not be associated with the episode (or in the case of Wendy’s, any future episodes)” (Adams, Bowman and Dyess-Nugent). The show came to an end after one more season in 1998. “It was the first network TV sitcom to have an openly gay lead character” (Archive of American TV). This may have been a failure in her eyes at the moment but it served as a moment of truth to the media. By Ellen revealing herself it encouraged others in the media industry to think critically about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community, LGBT. Sam Walton said, “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel, and when people believe in themselves it’s amazing what they can accomplish”. Ellen did not have the most confidence while deciding if she was doing the right thing but her eagerness to perform as a significant character aroused an important subject which many others did not want to touch. Although she did not know the outcomes for the future because she believed in herself she accomplished more than what she originally established to…show more content…
Vision empowers the leader to overcome any obstacles that may appear in their way. Ellen DeGeneres’ vision attracts the sources she needs because her focus is clear of where she wants to go and what she wants to do. Her vision is simple but has more to do with her audience rather than herself, "I want to be clear and here are the values that I stand for. I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated, and helping those in need. To me those are traditional values. That's what I stand for." (The Ellen DeGeneres Show). She is able to influence her audience simply by her vision. When you influence others, you are capable of selling yourself as a person because of who you are as a person and the actions that precede the vision that you have. These actions that are performed will be the solution to the equation; it is the part that impacts the lives of others. Mark Twain said “Actions speak louder than words”. The easy part is to say what you’re going to do which people will look up to but once you act on what you have said people will want to follow your

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