Wow! What an incredible few days, with such an inspiring group of young people!
I’m always blown away by how switched on, how aware, and how passionate so many of you are to contributing to a better world. We can learn so much from each other during this time, sharing a space – albeit virtual – with people from different countries, and from such different backgrounds to ourselves. We learnt about some of the issues people face in Bangkok and Turkey, Italy and Prague. We learnt that often they weren’t too dissimilar.
The Global Social Leaders program invites young people to find their own inner leader. To understand that within each and every one of us there is a leader. First and foremost, a leader of ourselves, and our own lives. We discovered talents and skills that we have been developing through everyday interactions, through team sports, through our hobbies and interests, that were also reflections of qualities that we saw in the leaders that we admired – like listening skills, team work, compassion, negotiation, kindness…
We learned about Greta Thunberg and the impact she has had in the world, as a great leader, we also looked at how wolves put their old and sick at the front of the pack and the leader stays behind to have a full view of everyone. We talked about our friends and family and the qualities they had as ‘leaders’ and role models. Great leaders come in all different shapes and sizes.
I hope that all of the young people were able to come away from GSL with new connections, a new way of understanding the world, and a new way of understanding themselves – and that they too are leaders!
Thank you for such a great few days! And I hope to see you all again sooon!