L E A D E R S N E E D T O H A V E V I S I O N
Being a leader is a natural thing; it means you can see things that others cannot. To have vision requires climbing mountains. To climb mountains you must exhibit: (i) endurance, (ii) patience, (iii) self-discipline & most importantly (iv) the integrity of character to share the content of the vantage point that you have earned.
T H E A R T O F C R I T I C I S M
People express criticism for many reasons: attention, revenge, to put someone in their place. However, if you are a leader, none of these can apply. Think back to when your parents last criticized you for doing something wrong. Did they do this for attention? No. Revenge? No. To put you in your place? No. Your parents criticized you from a place of love, maybe tough love but love. In short, that’s the art of criticism. To be a leader is to learn to criticize from a place of love.
L E A D E R S T H I N K F O R T H E M S E L V E S
We believe that education starts with provocation. Young leaders learn best when they acclimate to an environment of respectful disagreement. Over time, they develop 'cognitive autonomy', i.e. they learn to to think for themselves and to take ownership of their words. Every young leader must cultivate a set of basic academic manners and must gradually develop the courage to pose provocative questions.