Leadership for Change

Here at Akshaya Patra, we understand that it is never too early to develop certain skills and mindsets that will facilitate personal and professional growth. One particular skill set that Akshaya Patra emphasizes is leadership. 

What Is A Leader?

While most people can recognize leadership when they see it, defining what leadership actually means can be a bit more challenging. Leadership is a practical skill that includes the ability to influence or guide individuals, teams or organizations in order to achieve a common goal. While different types of societies and cultures have different approaches to leadership, most acknowledge that good leadership involves giving purpose and meaningful direction to a collective effort.

How To Lead

Leadership is not always easy, and it involves much more than just task delegation. In order to be effective, leaders must engage in honest, open communication that will build meaningful connections with those around them. Leaders must not only encourage, but also invest in both the personal and professional growth of their team members as well as their peers. Leaders are able to take and receive constructive feedback, and they consistently strive to show up as the best version of themselves.

Characteristics Of A Leader

As we’ve mentioned, effective leadership can vary depending on the local culture, but there is a multitude of characteristics that good leaders tend to possess: 

  • Integrity
  • Open-mindedness
  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Courage
  • Gratitude

The Akshaya Patra Foundation invests in our beneficiaries’ future to become better leaders, both in their own communities and for the millions of children the foundation feeds in India. To learn more about developing the appropriate characteristics of a good leader, Akshaya Patra is hosting ‘Leadership for Change,’ a live virtual event featuring John Chambers, Nikesh Arora, Saket Modi, and Siva Sivaram. This virtual event will take place at 5:00pm PDT on October 11th, 2020. You can register for Leadership for Change here

If you are interested in improving your leadership skills, Akshaya Patra can help. We are seeking motivated and socially conscious young people to make this world a better place. If you are an 8 – 21 year old student living anywhere in the United States, our Youth Ambassador program is open to you! Learn more about our program and apply to become a Youth Ambassador or join one of our chapters across the US.