During the 2016 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland , Justin Trudeau – Canadian Prime Minister – addressed the world on the vitality of positive leadership.
Tackling the global refugee crisis , he broke away from the negative current of thoughts which admits that this human crisis is an “unwarranted burden”. This huge flux of migrants is a priceless source of diversity, a diversity which makes way for invention. For Trudeau , this is the time when we are transformed into positive leaders turning problems into positive solutions and helping communities thrive instead of fall. Why isn’t this common knowledge, you may ask !
Positivity is simply underrated and so is positive leadership; but the ability to lift people up in times of crises may just be the key to rescue your organization, start-up or government for that matter. It proves that no matter where you are , you will be able to empower those around you . How?
1. Adopt a set of values: Standing on a higher ground and being true to your principles will help you see the world clearer.
2. Know Yourself = Know others : knowing your weaknesses and strengths will help you shape a better version of yourself. It will also enable you to spot these same qualities in people around you
3. Be a Positive influence: Every step you take should reflect the positivity you believe in: Your circle of influence will get bigger and bigger .
“Positive leadership creates a virtuous circle,” Justin Trudeau
In AIESEC , we staunchly believe in our organizational values. Tirelessly empowering others is what shapes us as leaders : leaders who are also self-aware and care about world issues. And with the abundance of cultures we experience on a daily basis , it is vital for us adopt different skins and lenses and select the best and the positive in what we have. This is where our organizational effectiveness lies.
“AIESEC gives an individual a chance to meet people from different countries. You work with them at local, national or international platforms. It gives you a chance to express yourself and this in return is empowering you as a global leader. Contribute for one AIESEC .”
After all, the paralyzing negativity surrounding the world is inhibiting youth potential. If we want to move forward , we need to create more positive leaders: Leaders who will act as a tide that raises all boats.