Monday, 22 September 2014

Becoming a youth leader in the field of environment and sustaining the leadership

I was invited to talk with 45 shortlisted environment youth leaders , from different districts of Uttar Pradesh (India) on September21,2014(Sunday).Please find below a gist of what I spoke:
                                            The process of becoming a leader has three assumptions:
1.A person with a vision can achieve great things.
2.People can be  motivated by and will follow a person who has a passion, who inspires them , and injects them with energy and enthusiasm.
3.Teams can work and give results.
Have a vision , a dream .Share it with your group.Convert it into a shared vision  by incorporating suggestions of the other members of group.Finalize and communicate the shared vision to every one.
Have passion and dedication , a sense of belonging for the cause.Live the change you want to see.Make it a part of your daily life.Work together as a team.Practise three things:
1.Cooperation.
2.Coordination.
3.Collaboration .
These are three ways of team building in the order of increasing intensity.
                       I believe in the five disciplines  listed by Peter Senge:
1.Personal Mastery/ Discipline.
2.Mental Models /Paradigms.
3.Building Shared Vision .
4.Team learning/team building.
5.Systems Thinking.

In addition , you need to have ethical and moral standards, positive attitudes,decisiveness and sticking  to decisions, focus, selling /marketing, communicating, listening,humility, connectedness with followers, ability to resolve conflicts , ability to manage change and value continuous improvements. Some of the other personal qualities you need are social awareness.You should have the ability to cope with shocks and rebuffs.You should be able to innovate.You need to have flexibility. 
                       Youth leadership has three issues and challenges:
1.Youth versus adult leadership.
2.Leadership with out authority.
3.Sustainability of youth leadership.

         How to sustain the youth leadership journey into adulthood?
1.Keep connected with the experts in the field of environment.
2.Join good organizations which support youth leadership.
3.Teachers must act as mentors.
4.Be the change you want to see.
5.Branding of the Award/programme by the Promoters.
6.Measure the outcomes of the programme.
7.Track development over time.
How to go about your project?
1.Examine your context.
2.Assess your resources and needs.
3.Focus on quality over quantity.
4.Identify goals and outcomes.
5.Create awareness.
Persist , Sustain.Never under-estimate your self.