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This is Joanne Tan of 10 Plus Brand.
A brief case study of 6 famous women: Barbara Bush, Michele Obama, Hilary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Liz Cheney, and Nancy Pelosi. I will rate the top two or three for the first two categories of ambition and brilliance.
Three of them are ambitious: Hilary Clinton, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi. Michele Obama repeatedly said that she would never run for president in spite of her popularity, – this has made her more likable.
Three of them are brilliant: Nancy Pelosi, Hilary Clinton, Michele Obama. Kamala Harris is at best a party-liner, her luck of riding on the Biden bus has carried her to VP, but not on her own merit, and absolutely not based on her own power of mind or wisdom.
Four of them are likable (not measured by political partisanship): Barbara Bush, Michele Obama, Liz Chaney, and Nancy Pelosi.
Hilary Clinton is not likable (even though I voted for her) due to her not being personable or relatable, arrogance or pomp, and putting her ambition above values, in some cases.
Kamala Harris is not likable because of her lack of substance, both as a person and as a politician. She is at best a symbolic IMAGE for minority women’s political advancement, but she could only go so far with her career advancement benefiting, to some extent, from the privileges as former lover of Willie Brown, and a protege of Joe Biden. (Her track record as the Attorney General in California is just very average. Her political stand is sometimes inconsistent.) Kamala, don’t run for president. It’s the best thing you can do for your country.
Barbara Bush is highly likable because she is such a rare gem symbolizing personal devotion and selfless love for her husband and family. Just think of it, how many of us can proudly and lovingly claim: “I married the first man I ever kissed”, and got into a competition with her husband about who loves the other more? (George H. Bush ‘won’ by dying after her and put these words on his tombstone: “He loved Barbara very much”.) She lived a simple but not simple life with wholesomeness, faith, character, love. She commands respect.
Liz Chaney does not rank on the top for either brilliance or ambition, but she is respected for her unwavering belief in, and undaunted fight for democracy, even at the cost of her re-election. Whether you are republican or democrat, her power of character is not deniable.
Michele Obama is likable because of her authenticity, values, non-threatening intelligence, and not-alienating social background. Her choice of NOT running for high office has protected her against much viciousness, hatred, and injustice.
Disregarding politics, Nancy Pelosi is a wholesome, courageous, faithful, brilliant, skillful, passionate and compassionate person. At the end of her daughter’s documentary “Pelosi in the House”, Nancy quoted a saying that perfectly summarized her career and her character: “When someone dies and faces God’s question: ‘Where is your wound? Isn’t there something worth fighting for during your life on earth?’” She has won the hearts and souls of so many, NOT because she wanted to self-anoint as the “first but not the last” (said Kamala), NOT because she was always viewing herself as the “role-model” for women (says Hilary), but because she always regarded and performed her work and her roles as a sacred responsibility for her beloved America, democracy, and God. She described herself as a “work horse”.
Nancy is the only woman among the six who scores high in all three categories, – ambition, brilliance, likability. But that is not enough. For a WOMAN to succeed in a high position, she has to work three times harder than men, as she said in the documentary, “you just cannot be tired.”
My hat off to Nancy Pelosi. Thank you Nancy for being a true role model for ALL: men, women, independents, democrats, republicans – as the GOP house speaker John Boehner tearfully said: “Game recognizes game”.
In brand building, if anyone asks me about a truly powerful and authentic personal brand, Nancy Pelosi is my perfect example, a wholesome illustration of standing for something, with conviction, passion, intelligence, and integrity.
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