What does leadership mean to AIESECers and other leaders?

The definition of leadership may vary and it can be interpreted in many different ways from being a humanitarian to being an egoistic leader. Those who are supported, sustained and stand out  among crowd have expressed their words on what leadership and being a leader mean.

AIESEC International

Leadership is about positively impacting others through living by example and enabling a continuous rippling effect – Ana Sofia Espeio

To me leadership reflects in everyday actions and behaviours. Being a leader is not a one-time thing. it’s a life-long commitment – Karolina Piotrowska

Leadership is service, empathy and clarity of vision – Giancarlo Ostuni

Leadership is the ability to not just have a vision, but to act on it and engage others around you to act on it Successfully. – Kevin Corwell


Leadership means to me consciously changing and challenging yourself for a purpose you believe – Vishant Kothari

Leadership is empowering others to become something greater than themselves – Gordon Ching

Historical figures

To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations – Peter Drucker

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. —Lao Tzu

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. – John F. Kennedy

Modern leaders

As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. – Bill Gates

A cowardly leader is the most dangerous of men. – Stephen King

My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better – Steve Jobs

Leaders get out in front and stay there by raising the standards by which they judge themselves—and by which they are willing to be judged. –Frederick W. Smith



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