Deconstructing what is leadership

Leadership is a modern buzzword. It is the hottest skill of the 21st century. You often hear that the world needs “great leaders of tomorrow”. But what does this mean? How can you be a leader? What is leadership?

In this upcoming blog series, we want to clarify to you what leadership is and what AIESEC means with it. We view leadership through four distinct qualities, and we’re going to dedicate one blog post to deconstruct each one of them. And the best thing is, that everybody (including you, my awesome reader) can develop these qualities. Let’s go!


What is leadership?

Here is a quick introduction to the four qualities that we see defining leadership.


What is leadership? Self-aware1) Self-aware

Being self-aware means knowing yourself. You understand what your personal values are, and live according to them. You focus on your strengths over your weaknesses and explore your passions. The better you understand yourself, the better you can use your strengths to the fullest.


What is leadership? Solution Oriented

2) Solution-oriented

A solution-oriented leader does not give up. They are able to take challenges head-on and move through uncertainty. It is all about adapting to the current situation, and showing resilience when facing problems.


What is leadership? Empowering others

3) Empowering others

Empowering others combines effective communication skills with inspiring and motivating other people. A leader who empowers others engages them to achieve something bigger than themselves. Giving people chances to develop themselves is also a way to empower others.


What is leadership? World Citizen4) World citizen

Do you believe in your ability to make a difference in the world? Are you interested in what is currently happening in the world? Those are signs of a world citizen. Understanding other cultures and their people is key in embracing the diversity we are lucky to have on Earth.


During the next couple of months, we will guide you through each one of these qualities. We will give you tips and instructions on how you can implement leadership in your everyday life. Ultimately, we answer the question: what is leadership? These leadership qualities are also the center of AIESEC’s volunteering projects all around the world.

What do you think about leadership? Which quality are you the most interested in hearing more about? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll see you again in a couple of weeks with the first part of the series!


A linguistics student with an interest in global issues, leadership, and writing. Loves tea and feels most at home in a forest.

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