Malala Yousafzai

Fortune 500's 34th Most Powerful World Leader

Malala Yousafzai

Malala is only 16 and is already ranked on the "Fortune 500's Top 50 Greatest Leader's". When she was 11 she stood up to the Taliban about female education rights.

Four years later (October 2012), when she had just turned 15, she was shot by the Taliban on her school bus. Malala was shot in the face just for speaking out that all children should receive an education.

She possesses many qualities of a leader. She has optimism and perseverance. No matter how intimidated she was by the Taliban, she spoke out because it was the right thing to do. Even after being shot, she didn't become sorry for herself. She took it as an initiative to work harder for her cause. After Malala was shot, she learned that weakness couldn't be a factor in her life anymore. In a recent interview with Forbes, Malala tells her story and says that her "weakness died on the day she was shot".

Malala's most important character trait was her undying bravery and daringness. Even in a frightened, war-torn country this girl was able to speak her mind and continue to do so even after being shot and receiving even more death threats upon recovery. Her persistent courage is what it takes to make a phenomenal leader and to convince people to follow her. She possesses so many honorable qualities such as: bravery, courage, trust, intelligence, honesty, responsibility, optimism, and outspokenness.

"Fortune Ranks the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders." Fortune. N.p., 20 Mar. 2014. Web. 2 Dec. 2014.

Dolan, Kerry A. "Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala On Being Shot: 'My Weaknesses Died on That Day'" Forbes. N.p., 1 Dec. 2014. Web. 2 Dec. 2014.

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