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Next Generation Leaders

              "How great leaders inspire action" a TED talk given by Simon Sinek in 2009, became the third most-watched video, after he explained his theory of leadership. "What you do simply proves what you believe in" is the phrase that sums up his thinking. This is because a leader’s vision of the future is the centrifugal force around which everything moves. It is a leader’s convictions and thoughts that are the point of ignition, from which follow the goals and plans of the people inspired by this leader, which then translates into actions that they as a team can achieve.

There are more than 7.5 billion people living in the world today. It is estimated that each person can be in touch with around 5,000 other people throughout the span of their life. It is neither a small figure, nor a large one. But it is a figure that speaks to us about the need for many leaders in the world and in the various sectors of society. Not simply leaders of the “masses,” influencers in social media, in governments, cultural centres and business enterprises, but leaders of flesh and blood, who can be seen and touched, ordinary companions, who influence with the extraordinary example of their integrity and coherence.

Leadership is an issue that has been talked about and researched in recent years, especially in the field of business. Many have tried to observe the lives of “successful leaders,” such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg, in order to discover in their lives, a model of efficiency applicable to the business world. Thus, it has been concluded that a leader is not only a person who has a good idea. Instead, it is the one who, having it, knows how to work with a group of people in order to enable them to achieve this good idea, not so much because they have to, but because they want to. 

Leadership has to do with the ability to be visionaries, to “look beyond what you see," as a well-known Disney character says. Because the leader is not narrow-minded, but his innovation arises from the ability to perceive the needs of his environment and mobilise the people around him in order to address these needs, to contribute concretely and positively for the benefit of others. 

Is there a leadership crisis today? Are the youth able to find the role models they seek in politics, in culture, in social life? Perhaps there are not enough people who have the conviction to act, nor people who are willing to suffer to do achieve something great. Some think that leadership is for a select few. And yet, leaders are needed in as many problems as aspects of a person's life; that is, in many diverse professions, in sports, in the arts, etc. 

What kind of a leader are you? Is leadership a biological, psychological or intellectual capacity? Is it something innate or acquired? These are the questions that we invite you to answer during UNIV 2020. Registration is now open, check out the different modes of participation this year! We await your ideas and contributions!