AIESEC Sri Lanka, Leadership, Uncategorized

Becoming a leader: latest trends in leadership

We, as human beings, naturally adore categories. We get enthralled by the personality tests which tells us where we fit in and the quizzes which tell us which kind of bread we are. But when it comes to leadership, where do you fit in? Academia follows up this question with multiple theories of leadership focusing on where you come from, who you are born to and what skills you can develop throughout your life. But being AIESECERs, at this prime of our young adulthood we know theory ain’t always the best practice. Yet, this doesn’t mean leadership theories are to be tossed into a wastepaper basket right away. However, the 21st century demands leadership that is transformative and updated. Looking at the latest trends related to leadership could help combine theory to practice, with higher applicability. 

Pace of change in the workplace

Recent trends in leadership come from adding EQ to the mix of IQ– Emotion combines with intelligence as we become woke in terms of human effort and error. Workplace responsibilities are growing and are taxing individuals within the high competitive corporate arena. On top of it, personal responsibilities remain unchanged. In the light of struggle and strife, leaders are expected to be sensitive to the factors contributing to affect the productivity of their teams. This quality of emotional concern generally falls under being more ethical, moral and having a transparent work culture where the team is not overloaded with exceeding responsibilities and tight deadlines. 

This also addresses the modern concept of pace of change in the workplace. This calls for innovative and agile leadership who can switch things up for their team to be efficient and happy at what they do. They must follow trends in organizations and have to be updated in terms of methods and strategies of work. Change of pace, however, refers to a more direct change of scene and environment. Adding a picnic with the AIESEC entities or themed meetings along with casual trips with the team may come under this. Encouraging the bonds between the team and the leadership, these activities could in turn aid the transformational process within the organization. 

latest trends in leadership

Now more than ever, we are engulfed by technology. Even as AIESECers, technology plays an integral role in connecting entities, volunteers, interns, leaders and youth all around the world. Naturally, technology is also one of the biggest trends impacting leadership. Technology, along with artificial intelligence is moving at a breakneck speed and it is a literal ‘if you snooze, you lose’ scenario we are facing. Particularly, the adaptability to technology that made it possible for most companies to switch to remote work during the pandemic. AIESEC is not a stranger to remote work or technology, but how well does technology affect leadership? Virtual leadership is challenging, evolving and uncertain. The world becomes smaller with every technological advancement bringing the AIESEC community together; leadership thus also becomes global. Future leaders learn to embrace globalization, appreciating different cultures and communicating across cultural and language barriers. 

All in all, the crux of these latest trends is how versatile the world of work is. It changes daily and to lead the rapidly changing world, our AIESECers must be familiar with change. The ideal world always expects you to have theory to back up your practice. This is apparent in terms of pre-requisites when applying to universities, the job descriptions we come across when applying for first internships to first jobs. Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other; and they can act as armor as you step in and out of AIESEC as young leaders. The cost of delay or non-adaptability may turn out to be irreplaceable. Therefore, it’s always best to have trends under your sleeves to serve as confetti to your already skilled leadership.

Thisandi Weerasinghe

AIESEC in University of Peradeniya

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Celebrating the History of Pride Month: A Journey of Love and Liberation.

Celebrating the History of Pride Month: A Journey of Love and Liberation.

Pride Month is officially celebrated in June worldwide. This empowering month holds a significant place in the LGBTQ+ community, and this month gives everyone the space for reflection, celebration, and advocacy for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals. Let us delve into the rich history behind this movement to better understand their cause! 

Stonewall Riots in June 1969

The  Pride month started with the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, a watershed moment in LGBTQ+ history. The protests and demonstrations at the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar, marked turning points, galvanizing the gay rights movement. They decided to stand up against harassment, discrimination, and police raids which lead the foundation for future activism.


In June 1970, the first parade took place in major cities like New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago as a commemoration of the Stonewall Riots. These parades served as a visible and powerful statement, showing the importance of pride in one’s identity and power in unity. Annually the pride parades spread globally. It became the stage for LGBTQ+ individuals to express themselves as who they are. They used that platform to demand equality and celebrate their community.


Since the Stonewall  Riots, several milestones have been achieved in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. They include discrimination against homosexuality, recognizing same-sex marriage in various countries, and increased legal protection against discrimination. 


June, which is Pride Month, is not only to remember past struggles but also an opportunity to respect equality and diversity in this society. It is a dignity milestone of the human experience for individuals of all sexual and gender identities to unite, uplift and celebrate the beautiful tapestry of humanity.

Dakshika Jayaweera

AIESEC in University of Peradeniya

From Rainbows to Revolution: Celebrating Pride Month and Embracing Inclusivity

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From Rainbows to Revolution: Celebrating Pride Month and Embracing Inclusivity

From Rainbows to Revolution: Celebrating Pride Month and Embracing Inclusivity


AIESEC  joyfully embraces the global celebration of LGBTQ+ rights and inclusivity as the rainbow colors wave in the air. This particular month carries great significance as we reflect on the LGBTQ+ community’s hardships and triumphs throughout history. It’s also a moment for us to reflect on our own practices, ensuring that AIESEC remains a welcoming environment for people of all orientations. In this post, we’ll discuss the importance of inclusivity, pay homage to Pride Month’s colorful past, and reiterate our commitment to maintaining an accepting community.


Pride Month may be traced back to the historic Stonewall Riots of 1969 in New York City, which were a watershed moment in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Those courageous individuals who stood up to bigotry sparked a tremendous movement that is still shaping our culture. This historical backdrop reminds us of our accomplishments as well as the ongoing work required to create a truly inclusive world.


AIESEC embraces the global celebration of LGBTQ+ rights and inclusivity.

The heart of AIESEC, as an organization beats with inclusion. We are passionate believers that diversity is more than merely accepting differences in gender, sexual orientation, and identities. It is also about creating an environment in which everyone feels appreciated, respected, and safe. By embracing inclusion, we liberate each person’s potential for new perspectives, inventive ideas, and true greatness.


As we celebrate Pride Month, it’s vital that we review our practices critically and confront any preconceptions or biases that unintentionally reinforce exclusivity. AIESEC is dedicated to establishing an atmosphere in which all members, regardless of sexual orientation, can thrive and contribute meaningfully. We may nurture growth and bring about positive change through introspection.


In our pursuit of inclusivity, we must address practices that unwittingly exclude people because of their sexual orientation. Some societal standards, such as space constraints, may inadvertently discriminate against same-sex couples. This serves as a timely reminder of the critical need for greater inclusivity and equitable opportunity for all.


AIESEC firmly stands in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. Let us work together to create a future where acceptance, tolerance, and equality reign supreme as we recognize the historical significance of Pride Month. We can work together to build a culture that unconditionally welcomes and elevates everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.


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Prime Minds 3.0 – A journey of dreams, beliefs and achievements

Bidding farewell to Prime Minds 3.0, which was not just an event, but also an exceptional experience!



Last April, the third installment of Prime Minds 3.0 unraveled with such splendor. Prime Minds is an extensive career guidance programme organized by AIESEC in University of Peradeniya, in hope of bringing the youth closer to the world of work. It consisted of an online and physical session, grade by some incredible personalities in Sri Lanka. Prime Minds was not just an event, it was an experience. Being amidst the audience, we took the journey to success with our speakers. We celebrated with them, their wins and learned from their blues. These sessions of experience sharing are better than any history lesson taught on a tiring evening at a lecture hall; for these stories are history of life itself without theory. . 


The online session which took place on the 17th of April on Zoom included Mr. Chalaka Kaldera and Ms. Bernadine Jayasinghe, respectively an HR professional and a renowned public speaker. Mr. Kaldera’s session narrated the climb from his own story. He opened an interactive space to share his turn of his passion into career. His advice was for those interested in the hospitality and HRM industries. He further gave an insight on Sri Lanka is growing in those fields, providing opportunities for the youth.

Ms. Bernadine took the stage to teach the art of communication. Her career as a leading news anchor and television personality, she downscaled her knowledge on how to emerge an effective public speaker, true to oneself! The two sessions were participated by more than 200 participants and in the aftermath, everyone awaited the physical session, which was to take place on the 27th of April, at the EOE Pereira Theatre, University of Peradeniya. 


Exceptional Guest Speakers


The physical event had the pleasure of the company of three exceptional speakers! Mr. Bathiya Jayakody, best known from the beloved BnS duo, he is also the director at BNS Productions and an event consultant. He drew in a crowd of inspired youngsters, to whom he warmly addressed. He was immediately followed by Mr. Sachinda Dulanjana, leadership trainer- skilled in story-telling and keeping the audience engaged, Mr. Dulanjana shed light on the importance of volunteering experiences for the youth. He looked at the current trends in the corporate sector and the absolute importance of time and stress management. A must-addressed topic for these challenged times.

The final session opened the curtain to Mr. Mandapa Pandithage, a motivational speaker specializing in addressing young scholars. Mr. Pandithage focused on how one may unleash their inner leader. An apt-topic indeed for our young AIESECers and scholars! One segment of his talk was on embracing failure. We are often pushed to strive for winning and winning alone, amidst the pressure – we crumble if we don’t win and failure seems a long and hardy road, one must endure alone. Undoubtedly failure is the key to success. Mr. Pandithage, along with all our speakers before him made sure to emphasize the control you have of your own life. It is through that perseverance and discipline that we may truly be whatever we want to be! The possibilities are endless! 

Unforgettable memories of the event

Prime Minds saw five-stars who’ve explored their explosions to shine. Behind it all, were the wonderful committee of organizers at AIESEC in University of Peradeniya, who had their sip of the world of work within AIESEC. Prime Minds 3.0 thus concluded with memories made and lessons learnt! We leave with a reminder that ‘the world is your canvas and it is yours to paint it without inhibitions’ in the promise of an equally grandiose return next year!  Prime Minds was not just an event, it was an unforgettable experience.


Thisandi Weerasinghe

Content Writer

AIESEC in University of Peradeniya


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Art of Communication in Effective Leadership

“It is not a way you say it but how you say it.” A good leader needs to interact with their fellow members. And effective communication is not only exchanging information but conveying information and messages way in which other people feel heard and understood. Effective communication is key for leaders to ensure understanding and togetherness in diverse teams.

As a leader, you should know that every person you interact s different, and they might be from diverse cultural and social backgrounds. This means the way people understand something could be different. I believe “the art of effective communication” means preventing that. And make sure everyone understood what was being said as a team or a group. 


Actually, it is a responsibility of a leader to comprehend that to become a responsible leader; one must know the art of effective communication. Thus your team will drive towards the victory together.

What is Effective Communication?

Effective communication is a skill that great leaders possess. Communication is not a one-way process. A leader must actively listen and concentrate on what their team says. And when conveying the message of empathizing with the other party, trying not to be judgmental and taking the other party’s opinion is also essential to effective communication.


If you are a leader, then there is no more “I” because you are not to yourself. And the leader must understand to pressure on “us.” When a leader expresses togetherness, everyone feels involved and valued within the team, which increases the desire to become successful as a team.


It is not always about good times; during tough times, communication matters. A leader’s open and honest communication style makes the team more robust and the leadership stronger during hard times.

Dakshika Jayaweera

Content Writer

AIESEC in University of Peradeniya

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