January 22, 2013
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Recently I encountered a question asking “How do you define Youth Leadership ?” on Quora and I found it a pretty good opportunity to reflect back on my experiences of youth leadership during my time in AIESEC. Here are my views on the topic. You can read the full answer on Quora.
There are phases in life when we break down completely, devoid of all focus, goals and hopes. Some individuals help us pick ourselves up, trying their best but we can only get up when we make those first steps to our revival. When we start making those small victories count again because we want to win a bigger battle once more. That is the time we get on all fours, pick ourselves up, try and just try honestly to stand tall. Taking one step at a time, asking for help, feeling better, creating new moments for ourselves. Moments which inspire us to do more and become more. And finally after all that trying, clawing to small opportunities in life once again we become 100%. We see the light and we rise again. We reach the pinnacle of aspirations once again. That moment we feel bliss. This was one such moment. My moment =)
Leadership is a broad term which encompasses many values like:
- Taking responsibility
- Being Passionate
- Driving change
- Standing out in the crowd
- Inspiring people around you
- Building a team
- Reaching goals
- Creating more leaders
- Being a role model
- And many more …
Leadership is not dependent of age a prep school kid can also be a leader by taking responsibility sincerely given to them by their teacher, parents, by helping their friends become better.
A leader can also be a 100 year old individual who can share their experience with individuals and inspire them to live a better life.
A youth leader however is crucial to the ecosystem of leadership in this world as they not only have the wisdom after a few years of knowledge and facing life but they also have the exuberance to perform, the energy which they can induce in others through their acts. A youth leader has crossed the nascent stage of learning passionately and acting swiftly and is also at the stage where they can talk and justify their acts through the wisdom they have earned in the years.
Usually we would classify a youth leader as someone between the age of 17-30. An individual who is passionate about something and is leading either a team or just themselves towards achieving that goal. They are individuals who can communicate their passion through their acts and inspire others to join it as well.
There are lot of organizations focusing on evangelizing youth leadership all over the world. [Youth leadership]
The best ones among them which have centers in Pakistan as well are: