Gabriela Cora, M.D., M.B.A.

Gabriela Cora M.D., M.B.A.

Alpha Females

The Ultimate Alpha Female: Never Give Up!

The resilience (or lunacy) of a losing candidate.

Posted May 22, 2008

Many of us wonder, why would Hillary Clinton continue to compete for what seems to be a lost cause? Ambition? Power? Or maybe a true desire to help others? Either way, her self-motivation scores are the highest: it is tough to go on when most of the people around you say the race is over.

As I watched Senator Clinton give her speech at the University of Miami yesterday, I reflected on her driven force to lead beyond others' harsh comments. It is tough to keep a smiling face when you feel ridiculed or when you just plainly feel ignored. It is extremely challenging to continue to pursue your dream while many others tell you that you have lost the game or while others tell you that you will be the cause of irreparable damage to your team.

Her positive characteristics were evident during her speech: the always assertive Alpha Female, she was clear and concise, thoughtful and pragmatic. Her thought process flowed with ease and her ability to organize her message was clear, as she addressed global and holistic issues and then narrowed them down with specifics. This is a strong characteristic that separates her from the other candidates. While her ability to motivate others in a room filled with fans was obvious, she avoided flirting with her followers with anything other than substance.

Food for thought: Why would a successful multimillionaire who could comfortably retire as she reaches sixty decide, instead, to invest in spite of debt and make herself available 24/7 in pursuit of the most stressful of jobs by becoming the leader of the greatest free nation?