Leadership is not a position, but a quality. Leadership has nothing to do with a senior rank in an organization. It does not refer to titles. It is not about the personal attributes of a person or the management. Contrary to what most people might believe, leadership is a quality that inspires people to follow the person. We can say leadership is a process of influencing society in a way channelizing and maximizing the efforts of other people towards achieving a worthy goal. Hence we might conclude that leadership emanates from the capacity to influence the society motivating it towards a goal-directed activity. A leader’s role is not just organizing the efforts, but it must succeed in maximizing the efforts.
Amazing women leaders
Around the world, some remarkable women are championing some great causes with their amazing leadership qualities. A lot of women are now stepping forward as agents of change. To sustain this momentum, the International Women’s day of the year is themed as #PressforProgress. This movement has been urging women across the world to voice out to create a positive difference. Here we discuss a few young female leaders who are championing national and international conversations about some important issues of the world.
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After the grave shootings of Florida massacring 17 of her schoolmates, Emma Gonzalez has been drawing the attention of the country to bring about a gun law reform. Along with some of her classmates, she has been stirring the Florida community with her gun control rallies. Her main goal is to make the government officials take the right action to stop the mass shootings at least in future.
She wrote an essay for Harper’s Bazaar in which she talked about her determination to press the society until a change has been affected. She says, “If I’m able to communicate one thing to adults, it would be this: It should not be easier to purchase a gun than it is to obtain a driver’s license, and military-grade weapons should not be accessible in civilian settings.” She too adds, “You don’t drive a NASCAR on the street, no matter how fun it might be, just like you don’t need an AR-15 to protect yourself when walking home at night. No one does.”
In the year 2012, the Taliban shot Yousafzai for proclaiming in a public meeting her fight to promote girls education. Fortunately, she survived the attack and toured the world to share her story. In 2013, she launched the Malala Fund along with her father to create an awareness regarding girls’ education.
Talking during a session named as “An Insight”, Yousafzai said, “I started speaking out when I was 11 years old and I had no idea if my voice can have an impact or not. But soon I realized that people were listening to me and my voice was reaching to people around the world. So change is possible and does not limit yourself, do not stop yourself, just because you are young.”
She is a highly inspiring and influential activist since then and today she is a published author and a United Nations (UN) Messenger of Peace. In the year 2014, she was awarded the Nobel Prize and became the youngest Nobel Prize awardee ever.
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Yara Shahidi, the 18-year-old actress and activist participated in a panel discussion with Michelle Obama at Glamour Hosts ‘A Brighter Future: A Global Conversation on Girls’ Education.’ She is now actively using her platform to voice her concerns about some crucial issues like diversity in Hollywood, girls’ education and voter turnout. In a recent discussion with Oprah Winfrey, she explained how she is not venturing to turn her activism into action by hurling a new initiative called Eighteen x ’18. She positively expects that this effort shall see more young people cast their votes without fail in the upcoming elections.
In the past, she was also connected with Michelle Obama’s initiative entitled Let Girls Learn. She also participated enthusiastically with the United Nations mentorship program called “Yara’s Club,” via the Young Women’s Leadership Network. Her phenomenal work in empowering women also helped her to bag Mrs. Obama’s college recommendation.
Shamma bint Suhail Faris Mazrui
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The 22-year-old Mazrui was designated by the United Arab Emirates as the Minister of State for Youth Affairs in 2016. The Los Angeles Times reported that she was the youngest Minister of the governments in the world. Her important responsibility is to develop ways for young people to engage with society and the government. She is a bachelor graduate from the New York University Abu Dhabi and a master’s in public policy from the University of Oxford, which she pursued as the nation’s first Rhodes Scholar.
The then five-year-old Sophie Cruz broke through the security in 2015 to give a letter to Pope Francis in which she had urged that she and her parents, who were undocumented immigrants not to be deported from the United States. In her letter, she urged that Pope Francis spoke to the Congress and President on the issue. She had also sent a letter on this to President Obama. From then onwards, Cruz has been continuing with her efforts to press for immigration rights. A year back, she spoke at the Women’s march in Washington, D.C., and she urged the gathering to work unitedly to bring about a change. She remarked, “Let us fight with love, faith, and courage so that our families will not be destroyed.”