What makes someone a great leader?

noun ˈliː.də.ʃɪp /ˈliː.dɚ.ʃɪp/

the set of characteristics that make a good leader.


As easy and simple this definition seems, the concept of leadership and develop yourself to be one is a long process. Leadership is also something every person can define for themselves. Another good and simple definition of leadership is John C Maxwell’s: “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” Regardless what your definition of leadership is, a leader is a difference maker, who has a vision that inspires people to follow, and skills turn their vision into reality.


But What makes someone a great leader? What ‘set of characteristics’ distinguishes a good leader from others? AIESEC is centered around these sets of leadership characteristics and developing them. Both in our exchange programs as well as in our Memberships we develop leadership based on 4 main qualities that we believe make a great leader. By making young people solution oriented, helping them to empower others, guiding them towards self-awareness and assisting them towards becoming world citizens.

Ability to Empower Others
Communicates clearly, engages in meaningful conversations, and creates spaces that empower others to take action. Through Effective communication skills are must-haves for a good leader, she has to be able to communicate clearly and make sure that their message reach to their audiences in any environment. That is the key that engages others and makes the   difference between an effective individual, and a powerful movement.

Solution Oriented
A solution-oriented person is flexible even in risky situations and environments ready to adapt, actively change and face challenges to quickly move forward and focus on a solution. This skill also transmits comfort positivity to their environment in tough situations.

World Citizen
People who possess this quality are aware and interested in global events, but they differ from others by their willingness take responsibility act to contribute to a better world, work for a better future for everyone because they value and enjoy it. They believe that even actions of one person can be significant make a difference in the world.

This characteristic comes from being aware of your personal strengths, weaknesses and how to use them. That way, a self-aware person reflects on what defines them as an individual life by their values and able to explore their passions. AIESEC creates a safe but also challenging space for members to get to know themselves in a greater depth, explore their passions and values and consider how these can contribute to a bigger cause.


Join us this semester to work on your leadership development and take a part in our journey towards creating a better world!  Sign up on join.aiesec.at!

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