AIESEC Sri Lanka, Volunteer

Six Fascinating Reasons Why Empathetic Leadership Matters

Leadership is constantly evolving every day, and one quality that has been getting so much attention lately is Empathetic Leadership. This isn’t just a trendy term; it’s a must-have leadership quality that can boost the success of teams, organizations, and even whole communities. 


In this blog, we’re going to discuss six fascinating reasons why Empathetic Leadership carries such weight and how this trait can positively influence both individuals and organizations.


Genuine Connections Based on Trust


Empathetic leaders have a unique knack for building trust and establishing deep connections with their team members. When leaders genuinely comprehend and care about the thoughts, emotions, and needs of their team, it creates an atmosphere of psychological safety. Team members are more inclined to open up, express their ideas, and collaborate effectively in such an environment.


Effective and Open Communication


Effective communication lies at the heart of every thriving organization. Empathetic leaders are thoughtful listeners who not only hear words but also discern emotions and unspoken cues. This heightened awareness equips them to communicate more effectively, resolve conflicts constructively, and provide feedback that resonates well with their teams.


Team Engagement and Collaborative Synergy


Empathy is a catalyst for enhancing engagement and collaboration within organizations. When individuals feel valued and understood, they are more motivated and committed to the collective goals of the organization. Empathetic leaders recognize the diverse strengths and challenges of their team members, facilitating an environment where everyone can contribute their best.


Resilience and Personal Well-being


In today’s fast-paced world, empathy plays a key role in safeguarding the well-being and resilience of an organization. Empathetic leaders are attentive to signs of strain or stress among their teams and take proactive measures to address these issues. This nurtures a more resilient and healthier organizational ecosystem.


Decision-Making Guided by Awareness


Empathetic leaders excel at considering diverse perspectives and making decisions that are more inclusive and well-informed. They take into account the needs and concerns of all stakeholders, often resulting in superior outcomes and a more sustainable approach to leadership.


Positive and Healthy Organizational Culture


Empathetic leaders set the tone for the organizational culture. Their behaviour and attitudes radiate throughout the entire organization, nurturing a culture characterized by kindness, understanding, and support. This, in turn, attracts talent and enhances the organization’s reputation.


As we conclude our journey into the realm of empathetic leadership, remember this. Empathy isn’t just a leadership quality; it’s a catalyst for positive change within societies and communities alike. Whether you’re a leader within an organization or in your everyday life, embracing empathy can transform your connections and drive better outcomes. The future belongs to Empathetic Leaders who understand the importance of human connection. Be one of them, and watch as your influence transforms the world around you.


By Manthi Gamage

Lead Journalist – Brand


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AIESEC Sri Lanka, Lifestyle, Travel, Volunteer, Youth

My Eye-Opening Time Spent on Exchange in India

There is both anticipation and apprehension associated with taking part in an exchange programme. My trip to India was motivated by my interest in both making a positive contribution to the SDGs and seeing a new culture. In this blog, I will discuss the ways in which my expectations were challenged, the experiences that surprised me, and the difficulties and long-term effects of this formative journey.

Hopes vs. Accomplishments

In the beginning, I knew I wanted to do well in my project, make a positive impact on the Sustainable Development Goals, and learn about India’s fascinating history and culture. India was even better than I had imagined it would be. I was exposed to fascinating people and fascinating traditions, and our initiative held great promise for improving the economic and cultural climate of Jaipur.

Unanticipated Events

There were countless *surprises* along the way that made the trip unforgettable. The warm welcome we received was the highlight. The AIESEC members in Jaipur planned a wonderful surprise for one of their events, creating a lasting impression.

Confronting Adversity and Thriving Through It

The journey was not without its share of difficulties. During our project’s study, we encountered difficulties in communicating due to the language barrier. Our ingenuity helped us overcome obstacles. To get by, we used translation tools, enlisted the aid of English-speaking locals and students, and studied the Hindi language.

Recognizing the Value of International Cooperation and Diversity

This conversation introduced me to people from all over the world, each with their own set of experiences, values, and opinions. Working with people from so many different backgrounds was inspiring.

Suggestions for Future Exhibitors

Future exchange students should take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime chance. The lessons learned and the connections made are priceless. Don’t think twice about jumping at the chance to volunteer with AIESEC.

Future Perceptions Influenced

Future Effects: This opportunity helps build strong international connections. These friendships become more like families as time goes on, providing a safe space to talk about the ups and downs of life and learn from one another.

Inspiring Interactions Across Cultures

The influence of India’s rich cultural history was significant. While in Rishikesh, we participated in religious ceremonies, did yoga, and relaxed in ashrams.

Revisiting India from a New Angle

My first trip to India was to the northern part, so if I ever go again I’d like to see a city in the south to experience its distinct culture. India’s rich variety calls out to be discovered.

There are three things I will miss about India.

I will miss India and its wonderful people, as well as the delicious food and exciting culture, very much.

Differences in Culture: India and Sri Lanka

There are parallels between India and Sri Lanka’s cultures, yet there are also notable distinctions. India is unique due to its Hindu culture, vegetarianism, and regional diversity. India also has more noticeable wealth and poverty gaps.

The Most Remarkable Occasion

The highlight of my exchange experience was getting to play sports like cricket and football with locals and my host family and host community. It encapsulated the friendliness and welcome of my trip. In sum, my time spent on exchange in India was an eye-opening, life-altering adventure. It educated me on the value of accepting others, working together, and forming strong bonds. India will always be a part of me and I will always be grateful for the experiences, relationships, and knowledge I gained there.

Penned by

Yohan Wickramasinghe

Lead Journalist – SST 23.24



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Leadership, Membership, MentalHealth, Volunteer, Youth

J.K. Rowling: The Author Who Conquered Challenges and Inspired Generations

J.K. Rowling: The Author Who Conquered Challenges and Inspired Generations


J.K. Rowling, she is the renowned author of the Harry Potter series, stands as a beacon of inspiration to aspiring writers and individuals facing challenges. Her journey to become a writer is remarkable, starting with struggles to make ends to become one of the world’s most successful authors is a testament to the power of consistency, creativity, and strong belief in oneself.


Rowling’s early life was full of financial difficulties and personal hardships. She faced a series of challenges as a single mother, living on government benefits while fighting depression and the loss of her mother. However, breaking through these struggles, she found her passion in writing. She used this as a way of expressing her emotions and experiences and created a magical world, giving birth to the beloved character Harry Potter.


The Harry Potter series, first got rejected by many publishers, ultimately found home and captured the hearts of millions in the world. Her story teaches us the value of resilience and determination in the face of rejection. She didn’t give up, her character didn’t give up and her determination paid exponentially. Giving the world proof that success often follows persistence and effort.


Beyond her literary achievements, she has been a philanthropic force. The charitable organisation “Lumos’’ ‘focused on improving the lives of disadvantaged children worldwide was established by Rowling. She is trying to use her success to make a positive impact on the world and she is being an influence for everyone worldwide for greater good.


Her journey is an inspiration for individuals and younger generations to embrace their unique experiences. Rowling’s story reminds us that our challenges and setbacks can be stepping stones to greatness if we believe in ourselves and our dreams.

Dakshika Jayaweera

AIESEC in University of Peradeniya



Leading with care: Exploring the impact of social relationships

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AIESEC Sri Lanka, Volunteer

Can volunteering abroad truly be a life-changing experience?

Volunteering abroad is an opportunity to make a difference in the world while also gaining valuable personal and professional skills. It can be a truly transformative experience, opening your eyes to new cultures and perspectives, and challenging you to grow as a person.


The Power of Immersion:

One of the most compelling aspects of volunteering abroad is immersion. Unlike traditional travel, volunteering encourages you to become part of the local community, work alongside locals, and truly understand their way of life. This immersion can lead to a deeper understanding of the world and a broader perspective on life.


Learning and personal growth:

Volunteering often takes individuals out of their comfort zones. Whether you’re building schools in a remote village or working on wildlife conservation in a tropical rainforest, you’ll encounter challenges and obstacles you’ve never faced before. This fosters personal growth, resilience, and adaptability, which can be life-changing.

Ruwinya and Kaushini

Cultural exchange and empathy:

Living and working in a foreign community exposes you to different cultures, customs, and perspectives. This cultural exchange can lead to increased empathy and a greater appreciation for diversity. It can also challenge preconceived notions and stereotypes, promoting a more open-minded outlook on the world.


Impact and fulfillment:

Knowing that your efforts are directly contributing to positive change can be incredibly fulfilling. Volunteering allows you to see the tangible impact of your work, which can instill a sense of purpose and satisfaction that transcends the experience itself.


Building lifelong connections:

Volunteering abroad often involves collaborating with like-minded individuals from around the world. The friendships and connections formed during these experiences can be deep and enduring. These relationships can expand your global network and provide you with a broader perspective on life.


Overcoming challenges:

Volunteering abroad isn’t always easy. You may face language barriers, cultural differences, and logistical challenges. Overcoming these obstacles can build resilience and problem-solving skills that serve you well throughout your life.

Ruwinya and Kaushini

Bringing it all home:

The lessons learned and the personal growth achieved during a volunteer experience don’t have to end when you return home. Many volunteers find that their newfound perspective and passion for making a difference continue to influence their lives long after their journey ends.

To sum it all up, I think volunteering abroad has the potential to be a truly life-changing experience. It offers personal growth, cultural exchange, and lasting connections. While not every volunteer experience will be transformative, the potential for change is significant. If you’re seeking a meaningful adventure that can leave a lasting impact on your life, volunteering abroad is a path worth considering.

When considering volunteering abroad, remember that it’s a transformative journey. The destination is just one part of the equation; the real magic lies in the personal growth and impact you can achieve.

So if you’re looking for an outstanding and hassle-free volunteer experience, AIESEC has got you covered. As we provide you with the finest opportunities that definitely ensure a smooth and enriching journey. So head on over and sign up now!


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By Shavinka Jayamaha
Lead Journalist – DXP

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AIESEC Sri Lanka, Travel, Volunteer

Discovering the World through Global Volunteering: Chavindu’s Journey to India

Have you ever dreamt of exploring a new country, experiencing its diverse culture, and making lifelong friends from around the globe? Chavindu De Alwis, an Exchange Participant from Sri Lanka, embarked on a remarkable journey to India that not only fulfilled his expectations but also presented unexpected challenges and incredible moments of cultural exchange. Join us as we delve into Chavindu’s eye-opening adventure and discover the transformative power of global volunteering.

Setting Expectations and Embracing New Experiences

Before Chavindu’s trip to India, we asked him about his initial expectations. He shared that he simply aimed to travel, work on a project, and make new friends. Fortunately, his journey lived up to these expectations, leaving him fulfilled and content.

Embracing the Unexpected

As any seasoned traveler knows, unexpected moments can make a trip truly memorable. Chavindu recounted a challenging experience when he and his fellow travelers missed their flight in Mumbai. Stranded in a foreign country, they had to navigate a 17-hour train ride, cramped with people and little sleep. While the situation was unexpected and uncomfortable, it eventually became a valuable lesson in resilience and adaptability.

Overcoming Challenges

Chavindu also faced challenges such as a leaky air conditioner and the language barrier. Despite these obstacles, he and his companions managed to find solutions, sometimes relying on Google Translate or friendly locals who knew Hindi. These challenges only strengthened their determination to make the most of their exchange.

Understanding Global Diversity and Cooperation

One of the most enriching aspects of Chavindu’s exchange was the opportunity to connect with people from all over the world, including Brazil, Germany, Turkey, and Egypt. Through interactions, dances, and conversations about their respective cultures and religions, they gained a deeper understanding of global diversity and cooperation. This exchange fostered mutual respect and a sense of unity among participants.

Words of Wisdom for Future Exchange Participants

Chavindu had one piece of advice for future exchange participants: “Definitely do not miss your flight.” His experience taught him that even challenging situations can become valuable life lessons, adding depth to your journey.

Memorable Cultural Encounters

During his visit to Rishikesh, Chavindu had a memorable encounter with a yoga and dance event. The crowd came together to practice yoga and sing chants like “Hare Krishna,” providing him with a unique cultural experience that left a lasting impression.

Future Plans

Reflecting on his journey, Chavindu expressed a desire to explore more of India, particularly the south, including Mumbai and Goa. He also aimed to scale up his volunteering project, further contributing to the communities he encountered.

What He’ll Miss About India

Chavindu fondly mentioned three things he’ll miss about India: the beautiful landscapes, delicious food, and the incredible people he met. The friendships he forged with fellow Exchange Participants made the experience unforgettable.

Similarities and Differences Between India and Sri Lanka

Chavindu noticed similarities in the cuisines of India and Sri Lanka, both rich in spices and rice-based dishes. However, he also highlighted a notable difference—Indian traffic, characterized by frequent and seemingly frivolous horn usage, compared to the more reserved honking in Sri Lanka.

The Most Memorable Thing About His Visit

For Chavindu, the most unforgettable aspect of his trip was the independent journey he and his companions organized. This adventure allowed them to explore new places and create lasting memories, showcasing the power of teamwork and the thrill of self-discovery.

Chavindu’s journey to India is a testament to the transformative power of global volunteering. It’s not just about giving back; it’s about gaining invaluable life experiences, forging meaningful connections, and embracing the beauty of diversity. So, if you’re ever presented with the opportunity to embark on a similar adventure, don’t hesitate your life will be forever enriched by the journey.

Penned by

James Sembukuttiarachchi

Lead Journalist – SST 23.24 



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