Over the years that I have been affiliated with BYLC, I met graduates who accomplished concrete goals at an age I deemed too young to achieve anything. I find their stories fascinating and look forward to learning about their perspectives towards life. read more
বেশ ক’বছর আগের কথা। আমার এক আত্মীয়ের হার্টের অসুখ ধরা পড়লো। উনি সিগারেট খেতেন প্রচুর আর রিচফুড ছিলো উনার সবচেয়ে প্রিয়। সপ্তাহে তিনদিন গরুরমাংস না খেলে উনার চলতোই না। read more
Football, being the most popular sport in the world, is immensely celebrated in all aspects and likewise, the sport has seen some incredible leaders, who came along to significantly change the landscape of the game. These people brought something into the game that others had not seen, they foresaw opportunities and revolutionized the universe of 3.5 billion football fans. read more
“Leadership is something that is good. Anything else is an abuse of power”, Mohamad Amersi, philanthropist, and CEO of Emergent Telecom Ventures said in his introductory speech at the inauguration of the Prince’s Trust International’s Leadership Program. This statement stayed with me throughout the two weeks I spent in the UK, where I had the honor of being 1 out of 80 young change makers selected from over 6000 applications.
The program consisted of leadership workshops with business psychology consultant, Pearn Kandola; an engaging public speaking workshop with Copywriter and Trainer at Let’s Do This, Al Brunker; and inspiring speeches and words of advice from various experts and leaders such as Kate Adie who was a former BBC correspondent, Nobel Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi, and former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan. My expectations from the program were to enhance my own understanding of leadership so as to manage my own team better, make important connections with other people who are doing significant work in their own countries, and take back relevant lessons to contribute to the work being carried out at BYLC. In this article, I share some of my reflections on the key things I learned from the program, and the aspects of myself that I would like to improve on. read more
Imagine a TV reporter is interviewing you and suddenly he asks, “Who’s your role model and why?” You are on camera and have only the fraction of a second to come up with a name. What would your answer be? If you stumble and struggle before uttering a name, you are not alone. Most of the youth of our generation are on the same boat, where we are not sure if we have a role model or not. Recently, I had the opportunity to interact with students of different universities from divisional cities. What I found common among them is the absence of role models in their life. read more
If you are a millennial reading this article, then you are most likely like the rest us – looking for lots attention from leaders and managers who will spend time with you and help you develop. We want to feel like our work has an impact. Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank, Bank of America, and many other organizations across the globe have figured this out about us. And they are bringing out fantastic new feedback practices to meet our hunger. read more
‘Charismatic’, ‘brave’, ‘daring’, ‘motivating’, ‘confident’ – these are just a few of the numerous words we hear when the qualities of a leader are described. We hear about leaders like Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and we hear about what great ‘visionaries’ they were. Sometimes, however, ‘inspirational’ stories of these great ‘influential’ figures derail our understanding of the true meaning of leadership. The young generation of today is constantly being fed the idea that they have to be ‘big leaders’ in their fields, and in order to achieve that position, they must inherit the ‘big attributes’ portrayed by big leaders. Focus is then turned away from the work of the leaders, which is actually the most important aspect, and turned towards how to become charming, appealing, poised, and the list goes on. read more
We are living in both exciting and dispiriting times. On one hand, we are witnessing extraordinary advancements in technology that is connecting us in ways that was once unimaginable, while on the other, we are seeing an uprising of populism and a rejection of globalization. While Uber launches in Dhaka, their engineers in Silicon Valley are experimenting with driverless cars. We are also seeing, simultaneously, societies turning inwards, looking to close borders and build walls, manifested recently with Brexit and the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. There seems to be a crisis in leadership. Where have all the good leaders gone? read more
I’m sick of hearing how far we’ve come. I’m sick of hearing how much better situated we are now than before. I’m sick of hearing how women are closing the gaps (in health outcomes, educational attainment, and economic participation), how in some cases women are superseding men, and how in the present more than in the past women are progressing to positions of middle and upper management. read more
This article first appeared on the DFID guest blog on June 13, 2014.
Not long after I arrived in Bangladesh, something very mundane happened to me that also happened to shatter my perspective. I was walking home and holding on to the remains of my lunch, naively expecting to encounter a rubbish bin along the way. My absent confusion turned into realisation when the bin never materialized, and it dawned on me for the first time how much I took for granted. read more