What Empowering Others Really Means

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.

 

 

Interview with Annika Hanisch

ANNIKA HANISCH, LC Ljubljana, VP OGX

If you met yourself the day you joined AIESEC, what would you say to your younger self? Why?

Right decision! It is time to start challenging yourself and to step out of your comfort zone! Do not be afraid it is going to be an amazing and challenging experience! 🙂

What does AIESEC mean to you?

AIESEC for me is mainly a platform where I can develop myself as well as be actively engaged with developing others! It is also a first step towards my career. But it is way more! It’s family, friends, and a group of people who are striving for the same vision, mission and values!

Which AIESEC value you think represents you best? Why?

Definitely Living Diversity. Living in diversity for me indicates to interact with different cultures, share different beliefs, values and traditions. In AIESEC Ljubljana we are working with people from many different cultures and countries. I extremely enjoy listening to different views and perspectives and then developing new ideas together!

Which skills did you develop/ improve in AIESEC?

I definitely improved my public speaking skills, organizational skills as well as leadership skills. The great thing is, that you are constantly developing and improving yourself! In a professional as well as in a personal way!

How did AIESEC help you to recognise your strengths and weaknesses?

I think it is really hard to pinpoint that. What I can say is, that I mainly developed together with my team and my members. They are the ones that made me aware of the areas that I still need to improve, as well as those in which I already managed to gain a lot of knowledge and experiences.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years and how did AIESEC contribute to this?

In 5 years I see myself not in a certain country. My goal is it to get to know as many different cultures and countries as I can. AIESEC gives me the opportunity to do so. Before I settle down, I want to make sure I gained as many experiences as possible and get to know even more amazing AIESECers. 🙂

What was the biggest challenge you overcame in AIESEC?

One of the biggest challenges for me was not being prepared at all for my VP position. During my application I was convinced, I already gained most of my knowledge during my term as a member. When I finally became VP OGX, I realized how many things I was not aware of, I realized how much it takes to become a leader. I overcame this challenge mainly with the help of my team, AIESEC in Ljubljana, as well as AIESEC Slovenia. Most important for me was, not to lose my motivation. Therefore the biggest part of my motivation was my OGX team, that was working together with me to overcome the difficulties.

How does AIESEC help people see the world differently?

For me, the most important thing is, to enable students to go abroad, volunteer or work. I believe, that working in a multinational environment, with people from all over the world, broadens you perspective immense. By providing young people with any kind of AIESEC experience, may it be through internships or by becoming a member, we enable them to get in contact with different people and cultures which will help them to start seeing the world from another perspective.

How do you think other people change when they experience AIESEC?

For me, the most important thing is, that I, together with my team, enable students to go abroad, volunteer or work. I believe that working in a multinational environment, with people from all over the world, broadens you perspective immense. By providing young people with any kind of AIESEC experience, may it be through internships or by becoming a member, we enable them to get in contact with different people and cultures from all over the world.

How do you think AIESEC contributes to community?

Our organization is aiming to make people aware of the current situations and problems we are facing in today’s society. By providing with leadership experiences, through internships as well as by becoming a member, we believe that we can create Leaders, who have a positive impact on society and the world.

Do you think AIESEC helped you to become more self aware and helped you to become what you want to become?

Yes.

Do you think you can face the challenges better now compering to the time when you started in AIESEC?

Yes, and I am already doing it now. 😛

 

 

Are you an active person, looking for new experiences?

AIESEC Slovenia is looking for new members! Get to know more about us. 

 

Interview with Matic Kašnik

“You should follow your passion and always surround yourself with extraordinary people.”

 

MATIC KAŠNIK, DIGITAL CONTENT MARKETING MANAGER, EDUCATION FIRST

 

“I learnt, with AIESEC, that the single most important thing is that you have to follow your passion and surround yourself with people who are more experienced. They will push you out of your comfort zone and enable you to constantly achieve personal and professional growth.”

I am always seeking new challenges in life and that’s what brought me to join AIESEC in Ljubljana, which was one of the most important decisions of my life. I was pursuing an engineer degree in Computer Science when I took a year off to find what my passion in life was. That made me curious and after working as a developer in a corporation I found my passion for constantly learning new things and that enabled me to discover the world of digital marketing, leadership and startups.

I had the privilege of leading the local chapter of AIESEC Ljubljana. I found myself working in various projects such as Youth 2 Business Forum, or the organization of international conferences.

Later, I applied for an internship, which at that point seemed impossible for me to get. I managed to prove my value for EF Education First and I was accepted to go on a life changing journey in India, leading a digital marketing department. Living in a country which challenges you everyday enabled me to excel my learning experience even more. Not only I got to know different cultures from around the world, it also enabled me to learn from the best in the industry. One of the most important lessons that I learned is to always be curious and trying to get in the same mindset as some of the industry giants have. I am still learning new things everyday and that allows me to really pursue my passion in digital marketing and working in a startup environment (even though EF is a global 42,000+ employees enterprise).

Thanks to prior experiences I had in AIESEC, I got offered a full-time position, just 2 months after my internship started, to manage the digital marketing team in Bangalore. This way I was able to prove my value, not only to myself but also the company.

If there’s one thing that I’d have to expose from this experience is that there are no failures. We only win and we learn and keeping a positive outlook makes me want to pursue for even bigger challenges.

 

Are you an active person, looking for new experiences? AIESEC Ljubljana is looking for new members! Get to know more about us here http://aiesec.si/students/future-leaders

 

 

This article was taken from the AIESEC Leadership Magazine, Edition 2: World 15/2020, page 9. 

 

Interview with Alexandru Cucer

ALEXANDRU CUCER, President of AIESEC in Slovenia

 

If you met yourself the day you joined AIESEC, what would you say to your younger self? Why?
Join AIESEC. Be active, bold and do what you are afraid to do.

What does AIESEC mean to you?
AIESEC is the organization which connects young leaders from 127 countries to work on a common purpose to make this world a better place.

What  was the most valuable thing you got from your AIESEC  experience?
During my AIESEC experience the most valuable moment for me was when I discovered what I am passionate about and what is my mission in life. Also working in different countries and attending Global conferences I gained friends from 127 countries around the world. I believe I would never met any of them I wouldn’t join AIESEC.

Which skills did you develop/ improve in AIESEC?
Working in over 23 teams at national and global level I got experience in how to turn a dream into a planned and achievable project.   While working in AIESEC I got the most experience in public speaking, sales, project and event management.

What was the biggest challenge you overcame in AIESEC?
One thing which I was always afraid of was public speaking. First time I had a speech in front of 60 people I said to myself I will never do something like this again. Thanks to AIESEC I didnt manage to keep that promise. Currently I have experience in delivering training for corporate and social sectors in 4 different countries.

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How do you think AIESEC contributes to community?
We are creating action oriented people which are self aware and are aware of the problem the world and their countries are facing now. People who are able to connect with other people in order to achieve a common goal.

Do you think AIESEC helped you to become more self aware and helped you to become what you want to become?
AIESEC is constantly challenging your behavior and internal values. Challenging your beliefs on how things work and how to work with different people. It is a constant process of feedback and improvement in order to become aware of our strengths, weaknesses and to become a better version of yourself.

Are you an active person, looking for new experiences? AIESEC Slovenia is looking for new members! Get to know more about us here http://aiesec.si/students/future-leaders

Interview with Jan Walliser

Interview with JAN WALLISSER, LC Ljubljana, VP TM

What does AIESEC mean to you?

AIESEC, for me, is a platform to develop myself while at the same time doing good for society. Unlike many other organizations AIESEC is for me a group of people where I can be myself, while being supported by other members to learn and gain knowledge while also using this knowledge that I gained there and in Faculty in a practical context.

Which AIESEC value you think represents you best? Why?

I believe that the value “enjoying participation” describes me the best since I believe that the fun in learning and doing something good is always a important factor when it comes to staying motivated to do something. Especially together with the other member I enjoy participation together while having an impact and learning. It provides the right environment to have both.

Which skills did you develop/ improve in AIESEC?

The skills I developed most in AIESEC are definitely leadership and organizing skills. Before I could not have managed to lead a team the way I am able to today and to organize my work and others work the way I can now.

How did AIESEC help you to recognise your strengths and weaknesses?

I found out about these by experiencing it practically. I learned by doing what my strengths are and how to overcome my weaknesses.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years and how did AIESEC contribute to this?

I see myself working in a startup that has a impact in society. AIESEC helped me a lot to find out more about myself, what I want to do in the future and that I not only want to make money and be successful but that I also want to do a meaningful work.

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What was the biggest challenge you overcame in AIESEC?

The biggest challenge I overcame in AIESEC was leading a project called Global Village during which I had to manage a team of 7 members to organize the biggest AIESEC project of the year. At first I didn’t know how to be a good leader and how to manage an event of this size – but through experience I developed myself and learned much more about these kind of things.

How does AIESEC help people see the world differently?

I believe it helps people see how diverse our world actually is and to see how all the cultures are different but can actually work together for a common goal.

How do you think other people change when they experience AIESEC?

In a similar way that I did: getting to know themselves a lot better and developing a lot.

How do you think AIESEC contributes to community?

I think AIESEC contributes to our community here in Slovenia not only by bringing internationals here and providing international experiences and through that improve international understanding but also it is able to develop the kind of leaders that will have an impact on the community, the country and the world tomorrow.

Do you think you can face the challenges better now comparing to the time when you started in AIESEC?

Definitely. I believe that AIESEC showed me that with enough motivation and effort and a good team everything can be accomplished.

 

Are you an active person, looking for new experiences? AIESEC Ljubljana is looking for new members! For more informtation click here http://aiesec.si/students/future-leaders