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Rethinking leadership in business to eradicate poverty
Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom
- Nelson Mandela-
I had always been interested with the idea of using business to solve social issues, or if we were to put in another term that was coined by Prof. Yunus, social business since I was 17 when I read a book called Influencer by David Maxfield, Rob McMillan and Joseph Greeny. The social business movement has also been used as a reference in many leadership books, including Dr.Stephen Covey's famous 7 Habits of Highly Effective People while he was pointing out some of the leadership traits that was depicted by Muhammad Yunus in helping the poor through his Grameen Bank.
Anthony Robbins said that we desire for growth and we have the need to contribute. I strongly believe that social business is a great platform for that, because those who are in that field are intrinsically motivated by autonomy in what they do, mastery in the skills they wish to refine, and a shared strong purpose which is to solve a social problem.
Most people would argue that they are not interested with social business because they don't plan to start a business. However, entrepreneurship is a behaviour as opposed to a person or an ideology, a mindset of being resourceful in seizing the opportunities available which is useful regardless whether we have our own business or not. It is a perspective that I believe should be changed in the society.
For that reason, I organised a social business forum in my school to change the students' perspective on leadership in business amongst students and here's the result that I wish you will share to your friends.