(June 2011 VIYAC Feature Topic)

By: Jessica Samuel, *VIYAC Board Member (Public Relations Officer & Blogger) & Dominic Latty, VIYAC Vice-President & Chief Researcher

“Leadership does not mean domination. The world is always well supplied with people who wish to rule and dominate others. “Haile Selassie, “Leadership”

Here Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie suggests a definition of leadership that is apart from dictatorship. Thus, if not control and domination, what indeed is leadership? As citizens, primarily, but also as youth, what roles do we expect to play in our own government? What are some of the characteristics and traits that we expect from an effective leader? Is service an inherent component of leadership? If so, how can our current leaders better serve?

*VIYAC is youth-led and dedicated to educating young voters who have not been full participants in the political processes.

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