3 ways to understand if you are self aware

To be self aware is one of the 4 leadership qualities you can develop in AIESEC, but what exactly does it mean? Of course you can say that it means to be aware of yourself (duh..) but let me tell you some more concrete things. And to be exact – three of them. And if you know and do them you can proudly say you are self aware :)

  1. To be self aware means to know your strengths and your weaknesses. And furthermore to focus on your strengths over the weaknesses. And honestly sometimes this can be hard but the great thing is that we all learn and develop.
  2. In order to be self aware you need to know and live your personal values. So the question here should be: Do you have personal values and do you live according to them?
  3. And the last thing but for sure very important is – to explore your passions. Do you know what you are passionate about?marion-michele-340133

So, if you know and do these things – great, you should also know that you can further develop them :). But if you are not 100% sure – don’t worry – you can learn them and develop your leadership qualities. AIESEC can help with that – now you have the opportunity to join us!


The leaders we develop

Maybe you already know or you are about to find out now – but AIESEC is a youth leadership organisation. And as it is very clear why we are youth organisation, (hint: we are young people here :)) ) it may not be so clear what exactly is meant by leadership organisation.

We believe that leadership is the fundamental solution. Said in other words, you need (to be) a leader for any issue that you or the world is facing. Furthermore, we believe that leadership can be developed in anyone. Isn’t that great?


But leadership is so broad – there can be hundreds definitions of it. That’s why we came up with these 4 qualities that we believe a leader should have. These are the 4 leadership qualities that we in AIESEC develop.

We believe a leader should be

Self Aware,

Solution oriented,

Empowering Others

and a World Citizen.

And now it is up to you – do you want to start your leadership development by joining us? Apply here by 15th of October :http://bit.ly/JoinAIESECLatvia 

The Skills of 2020 and Changing Leadership

The societies we live in today are vastly different from what they were twenty, or even ten, years ago. The pace of the world is increasing exponentially, due to technology and its effects on the daily life of human beings. The most prevalent of these effects is no doubt the capacity for global connection.

TIME Magazine recently published an article with an infographic detailing the projected ten most important work skills required for the workplace in the year 2020 — which alarmingly, is only a little over five years away. Five years might feel a long way away for now, but in today’s fast-paced society, time flies.

2020 skills

Success lies in preparation, and so we must ask ourselves, what does this mean for today’s skills training and how we can keep up for 2020?

What may set the individual or leader apart is the ability to adapt and innovate, a keenness for learning, and zero tolerance for complacency.

There are a number of things expected to change by 2020, including increased longevity (longer life spans), the heightened role that technology and computation will play in our personal and professional lives, and intensified globalization. Simply put, the world is finding ways to do things better and to get more out of it. If we are optimistic, we can expect to live in an “improved” society by 2020.

For leaders, however, it is important to realize that this improvement begins right now at this moment, not five years later. When the skills of 2020 demands people to own a wider sense of social intelligence, computational thinking, cross cultural competency. In addition, it requires leaders to be capable of new media literacy, virtual collaboration, and transdisciplinary work — the learning curve begins now.

Those we deem worthy of leadership are those who are “one step ahead”, and who are “leading the way”. They are the ones who are willing to take risks and able to adapt to change, and in doing so, become role models for those who wish to follow.

Leaders in today’s world must have a solid knowledge of both the past and a future, and secure understanding of where they themselves fit in between or bridge the gap. The world is expanding, and people need to grow along with it — as the world becomes better, so must we.

Here at AIESEC, we also wanted to identify some of the top skills young people were wanting to develop today, and our YouthSpeak survey with 25,000 millennial respondents showed that leadership / team management, new languages, critical thinking and problem solving skills were still the most in-demand to help them get ahead over the next few years.

The skills you need today versus in the future are rapidly changing. Are you prepared for the skills of 2020?

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