How to lead with more confidence: 9 young global leaders explain

  • As we continue to face changing conditions, it is time to focus on rebuilding trust among world leaders.
  • Trust plays an active role in how expertise, resources and innovation are distributed and directed towards greater sustainability and inclusiveness.
  • Here’s what nine young global leaders said about building more trust in their teams and co-ops.

Trust is the cornerstone of a successful company; it enables meaningful interpersonal interactions, generates economic activity and stimulates innovation. But, as the conditions of our lives and our habits have changed dramatically through our COVID reality, our ability to engender trust has also changed. The traditional emotional expression has been softened by masks and certainties about the future have given way to questions, even in countries as stable as Switzerland.

As we continue to face changing conditions, we have the opportunity to forge possibility out of uncertainty. Emerging from the most critical economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, the public’s appetite for new economic and social models is growing. Local, regional and global vulnerabilities in supply chains, health systems, and economic and governance regimes have emerged as systemic issues that need to be addressed.

It’s time to focus on rebuilding trust to adapt and take advantage of our new global dynamics. Trust will shape how expertise, resources and innovation are directed towards the development of more inclusive and sustainable economies and societies.

Above all, we need world leaders to build trust with each other to make wise and responsible decisions. As countries’ responses to the pandemic and its economic, political and social ramifications evolve, how can leaders continue to advance common goals and inspire a shared vision of sustainable prosperity?

We asked four young global leaders how they plan to lead differently in 2022 to have more impact in their organizations and communities. Here is what they said.

Empathy as a key ingredient

Umra Omar, Safari Doctors, Executive Director

In the wake of the pandemic, leading responsibly meant investing more in building resilience and trust in our team to create a conducive work environment. My approach to leadership has shifted from a paced to an affiliative nature, focusing more on empathy as a key ingredient for building connections within the organization and with our communities. In 2022, I look forward to leading by following and addressing the nuances presented by people. By engaging rather than instructing, through operational flexibility and personalized relationships to create emotional closeness.

Foster a culture of support and feedback

Amit Paley, The Trevor Project, CEO and Executive Director

2022 is about building on the lessons we’ve learned and the progress we’ve made in a time of great turmoil – and meeting the ongoing challenges through innovation. I am proud to say that The Trevor Project is actively growing as an organization, as we explore how to expand our crisis services internationally and broaden the reach of our advocacy, research, education and technology to serve more LGBTQ youth. than ever before. As a leader of a mental health organization, I also believe it is imperative to foster a culture of support and feedback and to continually implement creative initiatives to support employee mental health and wellbeing. .

Building social change through integrity, inclusion, equity and quality

Faraja Nyalandu, Shule Direct, Founder and Executive Director

As a values-based organization, I want to demonstrate how values ​​can influence social change. As we continue to push for improved student learning outcomes in Tanzania and across East Africa, it is important to underscore our ambitions to foster greater integrity, inclusion, equity and quality. We leverage technology to support equitable access to quality education for all children, these opportunities will help them learn and improve their potential.

No better time for disruptive technologies

Dr. Lamya Al-Haj, Associate Professor of Molecular Biology, Sultan Qaboos University

In 2022, I see leadership with a new pair of glasses. I believe there is no better time for disruptive technologies than today. It is clear that developing creative remote work environments, automating processes and investing in people are becoming increasingly important. I learned that to thrive we must learn to ‘unlearn’ and ‘relearn’ quickly – ultimately we are only as strong as our weakest links, so we need to empower as many people as possible and not leave no one behind. as we move forward. To support this, life skills such as empathy, emotional intelligence, agility, and resilience are all necessary characteristics that leaders need.

Justice demands compassionate leadership

Maleeka Bokhari, Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice of Pakistan

As Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Law and Justice, I am honored to be part of the legal team that drafted Pakistan’s historic anti-rape laws. In 2022, as Chair of the Select Committee, formed under the Anti-Rape Act 2021, I will lead with the utmost conviction and persistence to ensure that the laws are implemented in letter and spirit. to ensure certainty of conviction in sex crimes cases. . Further, access to justice for rape victims will require compassionate public service and leadership, focused on delivering services in a victim-centered manner.

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs

Raya Yusuf-Sbitany, CEO, Derma Beauty Lab

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a real “stress test” for businesses. The challenges we faced underscored our true commitment to values ​​such as sustainability, ethics, gender inclusion and our people. Fast forward nearly two years, we are grateful to have somewhat returned to normal – we see our business growing, we have even more employees than before the pandemic and we are proud to have launched a new program to empower women entrepreneurs, especially women who had lost their jobs during the pandemic.

Addressing the COVID-19 Divide for Greater Normalcy

Henry Motte-Munoz, Founder and Executive Chairman,

2022 will see us enter a new and hopefully better normal. To empower’s community of 8 million learners in the Philippines, we will first invest more in career flexibility, as we believe giving teammates (regardless of rank) more control over their work setup and their career development can promote well-being, engagement and retention. Second, we will continue to personalize our students’ educational journeys to close a gap that COVID-19 has highlighted more than it created. And finally, we will seek deeper cooperation with governments, whose vast resources and regulations are key to reducing inequality.

Maximize positive impact in 2022

Delfina Irazusta, Founder and Executive Director, Asociacion Civil Red de Innovacion Local (Local Innovation Network)

To address the global inequalities that have been aggravated by the pandemic, organizations must seek to generate the maximum positive impact in 2022. Today, the world simultaneously demands and offers endless opportunities to create value through the knowledge. I believe that increasing public-private collaboration can help us leverage the knowledge economy for social progress. For example in 2022, the local innovation network will promote the “Cities of Knowledge” programme. With this initiative, we will seek to support cities in the two pillars necessary to generate opportunities in the knowledge industry: talent training and infrastructure for innovation and connectivity.

Impactful leadership more crucial than ever

Rhea Mazumdar Singhal, CEO, Ecoware Solutions Private Limited

The last 2 years have been about survival and the reality remains that COVID-19 continues to disrupt millions of lives around the world. Impactful leadership is more crucial than ever. Leaders should focus on creating diverse and inclusive work environments – these environments value all stakeholder contributions and, more importantly, retain talent. As we recover from COVID-19 and try to deal with other global threats such as climate change, digital disruption, global shortages and supply chain issues, we must ensure that we are collaborating, we innovate and are agile in order to have a real impact on people and the planet.


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