This week we saw examples of great leadership recognized with well deserved awards. Malala Yousafsai, who was shot by the Taliban for promoting education for girls, has been outspoken about the right of women and young girls. Last week she received the Nobel Peace Prize at the young age of 19 year for standing up against the Taliban and promoting education of girls and children.
Despite continued threats to her life, she has eloquently shared the plight of the lesser sex in eminent forums like the UN. Her efforts have drawn world-wide attention and support. For someone who grew up in a remote region of Muslim fundamentalist controlled Pakistan, it is remarkable to see such unusual display of courage, fortitude and leadership. What about Malala and her situation enable her to display such extraordinary leadership? Are there lessons for employees in organizations?
- When there is a choice to do nothing or speak up against injustice, we need to be able to conceptualize the upside and find the courage to speak up against the wrong doings toward the voiceless.
- We need to reflect on what we care about the most (our platform) and stand for the rights of others in similar situation, who do not have the right or the freedom.
- Many incorrectly assume that next steps are clear to those who care. Incorrect.Create a rallying force for change and have a clear call to action.
- Malala's extraordinary speech to the UN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRh_30C8l6Y
- Malala's speech after learning about the receiving the Nobel Peace Prize http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/10/world/europe/nobel-peace-prize/index.html