Are you a born leader? Or can you learn how to become one? If so, how? What are the qualities of a true leader? Let’s explore a number of initiatives around the world on helping shape tomorrow’s leaders.
A Qatari programme which gives students a voice
In Qatar, the Learners’ Voice programme launched by the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) brings together students and political players to exchange ideas on education. The aim is for them to bring fresh ideas to their own country’s educational system. Learners’ Voice nurtures leadership qualities but also skills in entrepreneurship. Participants come from all over the world.
International support for social entrepreneurs
From leadership to entrepreneurship, there’s only a step. This international organisation helps young entrepreneurs set up their own social business. Ashoka is a global network of social entrepreneurs present in 85 countries. Sylwia Chutnik is one of the network’s so-called “fellows” in Poland. A novelist, tour guide and entrepreneur, she has set up the MaMa Foundation to help young working mothers.
India: History – an inspiration for the future
India is experiencing rapid growth and development. Sometimes, the young generation feels like it is turning its back on the past. Many only rely on their personal abilities to succeed. But teachers, like the founder of the Chanakya Institude at Mumbai University, believe ancient Indian writings can be an inspiration for today’s entrepreneurs. His institute offers a free six-month course for young students who want to become social leaders. This is not a regular management school: here, teaching is inspired by the ancient Gurukul education system. At the end of their course, students manage practical projects from start to finish.