The Way of Shaping Leaders

“A leader is made, not born.”


The classroom went silent as the teacher asked the dreaded question, “Who will volunteer?”. She was referring to the class monitor position of the new class of the new year. All the students kept looking everywhere except at the teacher for fear of being picked. In the far corner of the classroom, a small boy timidly stood up.


“Teacher, may I volunteer?”. 

The entire classroom burst out laughing. 


“Him? The tiniest boy in class?” “Ha Ha Ha! What can he even do?”=

The teacher silenced the classroom sternly.


“Joshua volunteered. And that is more than any one of you did. He displayed one of the most important leadership skills right now: stepping up to take a risk and volunteering when no one else did. I will appoint him as the class monitor.”


Little Joshua, in this situation, is a great example of a leader being born. Before delving into this story describing leadership skills and how they help the leader’s role, one must know what a leader is and what leadership skill is.


Who is a leader?

The most obvious answer to this would be a person who leads. However, the word ‘leader’ holds more meaning than it shows. One cannot limit the description of the word to any certain length or depth. A leader can be explained in countless ways. For example, some may say a leader is someone who leads the way for a group of people who follow. Others might define a leader as a model person who will set an exemplary setting for people, and some others yet might even go to the lengths of choosing a leader that has more experience on a specific area or subject than others in a group. This shows that shaping leaders can be depicted in numerous ways yet what they all have in common is that they possess the power to guide, lead, influence, and even change situations and people. 


The reason for leaders being defined in various ways can be owed to their various leadership skills. These skills will stand out and highlight the different kinds of leaders present in the community. What are leadership skills? This a commonly asked question and once again this too has no defined answer but there are some common answers can help understand the concept of it. Leadership skills are not abilities that one is born with. On the contrary, leadership skills are acquired and developed in a person over time. This also implies that a leader can be established within anyone, with the right skills and attitude. A leadership skill is an ability or a strength that one displays in situations that guide people or encourage a group towards a common aim. 


Reflect from Joshua

In little Joshua’s situation, he clearly demonstrated one of the important leadership skills taking risks. Despite facing jeers from his classmates, the timid boy volunteered for a leadership role, bravely stepping up, despite being new to the position. This was Joshua’s first step in developing leadership skills within himself. As time passed, he encountered numerous challenges in fitting into the class monitor role. Initially, Joshua’s classmates constantly teased him for his shyness, but he began gaining confidence. Recognizing that being timid would hinder his progress, Joshua adopted a more confident attitude, which gave him leverage over his classmates.

Adapting to a new role is another significant role in a head person, which Joshua gradually thrived. The came his testing time, when the entire school signed up for a competition that will choose the best classroom of the year. Everyone turned to Joshua for advice, and surprisingly enough, he was ready and set to go with a big plan in his mind. All the classmates and the teacher were baffled to find the hidden leadership talents of Joshua and his immense creativity. He had designed a theme and new designs for the classroom noticeboard and wall hangings. He carefully assigned everyone separate tasks and the battle to win the title of the best class room began. The teacher was extremely pleased with the efficient division of workload by Joshua to his classmates because it revealed that he identified the group’s abilities and gave them suitable tasks accordingly.

In this well-known approach, they aimed to get work done properly and quickly. As the day drew near, one student fell ill and couldn’t complete his task on time. Unfortunately, he had been assigned the crucial task of building a unique attendance board for the class. Once again, Joshua, the class monitor, stepped up, taking on the project and making it himself quickly. He knew that waiting for a new volunteer would disrupt the work schedule and break the assigned time slots.

Finally, the day dawned, and everything was arranged and ready to be presented at the competition. The judges were very pleased with the decorations. When they questioned Joshua, he confidently explained his efficient work assignment, good time management, and creative ideas used in making the classroom what it was with his classmates’ help. Impressed by his visible leadership skills, the judges decided their class deserved the prize. After all the victory celebrations, Joshua’s classmates presented him with a small token of appreciation for guiding them well. His class teacher also praised him for being the best class monitor she ever met, despite his initial unfamiliarity with the role’s duties and responsibilities.

 Message for everyone

Little Joshua and his story of success of a truly epitomic situation which brings out that a leader is present within everyone and developing leadership qualities, attitudes and skills is the best way to bring it out. Time, practice and adaptation can ensure anyone can perfect these leadership skills. If timid Joshua could become the confident class monitor that lead the to win the best classroom title, you can be the next team leader to guide your group through a victorious project. If little Joshua could develop new skills and gain new experience, you can also gather new talents and practice along the way, which can help your future. No one is born a leader, but anyone can become a leader.


Sayuri Wijesinghe

Content Writer

AIESEC in University of Colombo


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Green Force: Hundered plants dedicated to mother nature

‘Trees exhale for us. so, that we can inhale them to stay alive. Let us love trees with every breath we take until we perish.”

Planting trees is a commendable initiative that contributes to the overall well-being of the environment. AIESEC in University of Kelaniya initiated a remarkable project called ‘ Green Force ‘ on the  09th of August 2023 in collaboration with the program ‘Thuru  Kepakaru’ focusing on Sapugaskandha Sobhitha Vidyalaya and Dharmaraja Vidyalaya. 

Hoping for a positive change.

School students of these two schools planted hundred tree saplings through this project. Also, the project ‘Green Force’ awarded the students with valuable certificates with the hope of motivating them for environmental conservation. Moreover, the mobile app ‘Thuru Kapakaru’ is a good initiative to monitor the planted trees constantly. Hence, this is an authentic step of AIESEC in University of Kelaniya towards a greenery planet for future generations.

Sustainability is Fundamental

The project ‘Green Force’ is committed to make sure that the planted trees live a long time and are healthy. They keep track of each tree’s development using the mobile app ‘Thuru Keparuka’, assuring the correct upkeep and care. This constant dedication represents the all-encompassing sustainability effort of AIESEC in University of Kelaniya.

Community Engagement

AIESEC in University of Kelaniya recognizes the importance of engaging the community in its effort for environmental sustainability. School students are the future who have a crucial role in this green movement. Accordingly, the enthusiasm of students for a sustainable environment can be increased through their involvement in such tree-planting activities and instructional courses on environmental awareness and tree care.



AIESEC in University of Kelaniya partnered with S-lon and News First to further the effect of this effort. These partnerships broaden the program’s influence beyond the organization and reach a broader community.



Hope for the Future

AIESEC in University of Kelaniya hopes to organize more projects and continue engaging a broader community in environmental conservation efforts.

Dedication of hundred plants to mother nature by AIESEC in University of Kelaniya is proof of the value of environmental responsibility, community, and education. By planting hundred trees through the project ‘Green Force’. Consequently, this represents the university’s commitment to building a sustainable future. Accordingly, AIESEC in University of Kelaniya is planting seeds of hope for a greener and healthier planet by fostering the growth of these trees.

Let’s all join together to commend AIESEC in University of Kelaniya and ‘Thuru Kepakaru’ for their outstanding efforts in improving the world through the straightforward act of planting trees.


Written by

Aisha Mumtas

Content Writer

AIESEC in University of Kelaniya

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Event, Leadership, Membership

Winter Induction 2023: The Onset of a novel Leadership

“A leader is a dealer in hope.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

The Winter Induction of AIESEC in University of Kelaniya unfolded an inspiring leadership experience for a new term on the 27th of August 2023. I had my first experience as an Organizing Committee Vice President –  Events and Logistics of this grand event. This is a glimpse into my wonderful time from our first plans to the amazing Induction day.

Leading the Induction.

We had our first Organizing Committee Meeting on the 04th of July virtually getting a kick start to everything. I knew very well this would be a milestone in my AIESEC journey, which truly was! The very first weeks were all about planning the theme and partnership raising. I gratefully recall the leadership experience given by our Organizing Committee President and the Event Managers when teaching us every new bit of planning. 

Altogether this AIESEC experience taught me many things about team spirit and leadership. Moreover, the partnership raising was a good exposure on managing finance. We never forgot to enjoy the company meetings and cold calling which weren’t always positive. However, we managed to secure the required budget through partnerships.

Afterwards, preparing decorations was an entertaining distraction from the hard work. We pooled all our creativity into it and came up with unique sugar cubes and designs for the decorations. I was amazed to see how my team grew so close and supportive within the time. This gave us bunches of exciting memories which we cherish even now and will do forever.

It was admirable to see how our team instantly resolved certain issues despite the limited time. Our fellow members  shared support every time we needed more.

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Induction in light

It was finally the most awaited day. The venue kept flowing with newbies for the Winter Term. The registrations revealed an astonishing count of newbies and delegate participation. The morning started with breaking the ice. The Executive Board took the lead to keep the crowd lively with various activities. Afterwards, The Executive Board and Organizing committee members welcomed everyone.

The opening plenary and chair reveal certainly gave a kick start for the excitement of the day. The Chair of the Winter Induction was Thamindu Dilhara – Local Committee Vice President of AIESEC in University of Kelaniya for the term 22.23. The Chair inspired the audience with his own successful AIESEC journey.  

Thirdly, the agenda led the day bringing in AIESEC essence and history of our local committee in Colombo North. The Executive Board did an amazing presentation which truly ran deep into our hearts.

The newbies were explained about the Front and Back office functions. The Human Library session was a valuable time to listen and learn from inspiring AIESEC stories of our own Alumni. The true value of leadership and fulfilling humankind’s potential were spotlighted.

The roll calls entertained the event. Additionally some motivational sessions on leadership continued the agenda. Eventually, writing up sugar cubes by the end of the event was a new experience for the newbies.

Finally, the grand event reached the closing plenary, completing an energetic day for everyone. 

I heartily thank every soul who poured in their best efforts and evidently made the Winter Induction a remarkable day. My Organizing Committee gifted me with glamorous memories of unity, love and most importantly leadership.


Induction group


By Schenelle Lavinia

Organizing Committee Vice President 

Winter Induction 2023

AIESEC in University of Kelaniya. 

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Unleashing the Mulan Spirit: Striving for Gender Equality

Unleashing the Mulan Spirit: Striving for Gender Equality


Drawing inspiration from the timeless story of Mulan, just as Mulan defined society’s limits to prove herself, women today seek equal rights and opportunities. We explore the importance of understanding and respecting diverse gender identities in the fight for true equality, where a small spark of encouragement can ignite profound changes.

Even in the past society of China women were bound by some limits. They were not allowed to learn swordsmanship or horse riding just because they were women as Mulan learned them all secretly with her father’s guidance. She was able to serve in the military and receive an award for her excellent skills and service which proves that if women are given a chance as men anywhere they can work strongly as men. With this concept of ‘gender inequality’ women are seeking the same rights as men, to be in the same position as men, to be in the equal position as men regardless of their gender. It is also not to question them but to applaud them when they achieve something labeled as only men can achieve as Mulan did.

Throughout this protest of seeking gender equality women are hoping to have the same opportunities as men do. In the present society, women are bound by some stereotypic concepts about their physical ability as well as mental ability which should not be judged based just by looking. In modern society, it is not swordsmanship or horse riding that are prohibited, but rather the job opportunities and independence of women. But in the above story, Mulan proved that women can also do better if they were given an opportunity to prove themselves which should be understood by society.

Furthermore, what we should understand is only a little spark is needed to make that change in this society. Even in this story of Mulan her father believed in her and what his daughter is capable of and taught her how to fight for others and as well as herself. But that small act was able to provide a notable example to the world, demonstrating how unjust this discrimination is. Just like that, a little encouragement from society could make a bigger difference. While we are addressing this gender inequality problem it is important to notice that addressing it in modern society involves understanding and acknowledging the diversity of gender identities beyond the traditional binary understanding of male and female. To effectively address this problem we need to include the individuals who identify as transgender or non-binary in this discussion. At that point, while educating society and individuals about gender diversity, it is essential to acknowledge the challenges faced by individuals who do not identify within the traditional gender binary.

It all begins with showing understanding and respect for every individual, regardless of their gender identity. Every individual has a unique identity, which contributes to the diversity in our society. And we must respect this diversity in order to create opportunities that are open to anyone.

So why not light up a spark for equality in every heart making it into an ignite shine forever to guide lost souls?

Dakshika Jayaweera

AIESEC in University of Perdaeniya

United Nations: Gender Equality and women’s empowerment

The Essence of Leadership

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Learn Leadership from Home

Learn Leadership from Home

What exactly comes to your mind when you see the word ‘leadership’? Simon Sinek, a British-born American, points out that leadership is parenting. Therefore, we could understand that there’s a strong relationship between leadership and parenting. Parents are the perfect example of cultivating leadership as they are the child’s biggest role models. So, parenting is considered to be one of the best training grounds for leadership. It’s a trial that forces to set boundaries, make sacrifices and communicate expectations clearly and consistently as well as to be accountable on a daily basis. Therefore, the 1st leaders we see are our parents. This is basically learning leadership from home.

7 C’s

Leading with inspiration requires the mastery of the seven C’s

  • competency
  • communication
  • collaboration
  • courage
  • commitment
  • creativity
  • competition

and parents play an important role in uplifting these skills. As parents, they can’t give up or postpone their responsibilities. So, this is one of the most important leadership lessons we can learn from our parents. Children will admire, criticize, agree or disagree with their parents, but everything they do for the betterment of their kids will contribute to the definition of what a leader is. Based on their observations, kids will imitate their parents’ behaviour and construct their own idea of what’s acceptable, right or wrong. If parents are loyal and honest, their kids will act that way. Therefore, parents are not just leading; they are setting an example to use the best version of ourselves.

As parents, they should fight the right battles in order to win the war. The war is the long term success of their children. Parents allow children to learn from mistakes, develop their critical reasoning and enable them to feel comfortable with fighting for what they believe. Thus, parents create an environment that will allow children to take risks so that they could grow, move forward, explore new paths and get out of their comfort zone.


Therefore, parenthood is the first and most elementary field of action for leadership. Successful parenthood is the ability to raise responsible humans, take ownership of their lives, and make right choices. So, happy and stable leaders are integral to peoples’ flourishment and success.



Pravesha De Silva,

Content writer,

AIESEC in University of Colombo


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