Leadership School

What kind of leader do you hope to be? What kind of change do you want to create in this world?

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When all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing.
Hannah Arendt

In our thinking and acting, we have been influenced by many famous philosophers and religious scholars. Among them are Al Ghazali, Rumi, Ibn Arabi, Hannah Arendt, Immanuel Kant and Jacques Derrida. Arendt discusses the topic of ‘the banality of evil’ and Derrida believes in deconstruction and ‘the power of discourse’ (as Foucault). As such, Arendt argues that “at the moment we don’t start questioning norms, evil is born”. And that “the sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil”.

It seems easy now to write a philosophical article for this section of our website. Yet, we prefer to be more practical and realistic. This was especially valuable during the courses of the Bosnian Leadership Academy, which we set up in Sarajevo to empower young artists, entrepreneurs and creative people (the leaders of tomorrow), we focused on what we really value within the concept ‘leadership': ‘ethics’ and the ‘power of the word and its context’.

Ethics is an intrinsic part of our lives. After all, our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was sent to earth to complete the good ethical behaviour of human kind. Likewise, we repeatedly talked about morals during our lectures in Bosnia, and the way Immanuel Kant explained it by saying ‘we all have a moral responsibility in society’, as individuals. He emphasised ethics and morals within societies. For Genius Network this is the core of leadership. Morals, and knowing that what you put ‘out there’ in words will serve a purpose (“You master your words until you speak; after you speak they become your master”: a Sufi saying by Al Ghazali), and bear in mind this responsibility, while making peace, and making people come closer to each other, instead of segregating them in different races, religions and cultures. We always say during our lectures that “it doesn’t matter if you are a mother in a village who is collecting clothes for poor people”, or “that you are a diplomat”. For Genius Network, it is essential that we have leaders on micro and macro level, because we love to see people win, and we respect human beings in their own fields, as we don’t judge.

Additionally, history has proven that not ‘injustice’, but ‘hypocrisy’ has caused many protests in society (as we have seen in the history of the protests against the bourgeoisie). For that reason, it is very important that leaders are honest and that their words are in harmony with their actions. Society will not forgive hypocrisy, as Hannah Arendt argues: “It is the hypocrisy of ‘being reasonable’ that causes protest and anger within society and among the citizens”. Reason can also be misinterpreted and misused by leaders, as we can observe now around the globe. 

Great Leaders Don’t Create Followers, We Create More Leaders…

In a globalizing era, it seems very important to be aware of different dimensions, languages, religions, cultures, etc., to be able to be efficient with reaching your goals as young leaders, who are still open to change. Around the world, we need leaders who embrace ‘every different one in their uniqueness’; one who sees the capacities of every single individual as an enrichment to build their country (socially, economically, psychologically). Especially during these economic and human crisises (wars and terrorist attacks), human and social capital become essential. Leaders around the globe have to realize that human dignity is more important than anything we can imagine. Any injustice we do today, comes back to us sooner or later often in a much harsher way.

When you see a ‘negro’ as only a ‘negro’, and as nothing else, you take away his humanity. – Hannah Arendt

As for future leaders, it is important to understand this human dimension, be ethical and take care of your actions and the words you use in which context, because they can make or break a society in segments…and ‘a return to humanity’, in the words of Hannah Arendt, or ‘dignity’ in the words of Donna Hicks, are urgent calls for change. Our Fatih Sultan Mehmet Leadership Academy is a great opportunity for paving the way towards reaching the above mentioned ideals, while organizing our international projects. 

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“We are not going to conquer the lands, we are going to conquer the hearts of the people” – Fatih Sultan Mehmet (30 March 1432 – 3 May 1481) Foto credit: Tilqi.com

Currently we have 3 different projects within our Leadership Academy:

1. Our Revolution of Rahma Project

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‘Revolution of Rahma’ is an international educational project. We educate, create awareness and connect a global network of volunteers, graduates, students, young professionals and established leaders committed to working in the field of humanitarian aid. 

Great Leaders Don’t Create Followers, We Create More Leaders…

Our aim is to bridge the gap between the people in regions that are devastated by war and conflict, and the ones who want to reach a hand towards them from the rest of the world. Reaching a helping hand can be done in several ways. Within this sea of possibilities, we want to focus on giving people experiences within (I)NGO’s, government agencies, non-profit and community organizations, where they can feel empathy and involvement with the ones who are struck by the Syrian war’s consequences. At the same time, the Syrians will feel that the world really cares about them.

The aim of ‘Revolution of Rahma’s programs is to facilitate an environment where the participants can experience firsthand how it is to work in the different fields of humanitarian aid. We believe that this will cause more understanding and professionalism when people decide to work in this field. After we know what is really happening within e.g. the refugee camps, we will feel more responsibility towards the different conflicts in the world, as we are one big human family. Additionally, today, the conflicts in the Middle East influence the EU as well, with e.g. the huge refugee flows.

 

Why Choose the ‘Revolution of Rahma’ International Program?

1. A global educational experience

The educational experience within (I)NGO’s, government agencies, non-profit and community organizations will add more to your knowledge than any study books can ever do. This will be an experience that will change your life forever, and you will never be the same. After this, you will know better what you are capable of doing, and what you want to do in your professional career and life.

2. Experience world class NGO’s, journalistst and activists

This will be an opportunity that gives you the chance to see NGO’s and activists from close, which had not been possible if you would stay home.

3. Contribute to G-Readings Section

Fellows share their experiences by publishing their articles and research papers on our Genius Network website. This way, other interested candidates and the rest of the world will know what is really going on in the field. We will be able to create awareness among our audience. And perhaps they will also join us?

4. Get active

We need committed and responsible people who can concretely contribute to the places in the world that have been struck by war and misery. Only then we get the chance to believe again in humanity. People who can connect to others, because we share more than a religion or a race: we are one human family. That is today’s challenge. Do you want to make the world a better place to live? Do you see yourself doing an internship/work as a volunteer at (I)NGO’s, government agencies, non-profit and community organizations in the field?

Location

Gaziantep, Adana, Sanliurfa (Syrian-Turkish border) and Istanbul.

Eligibility

Students and recent graduates from universities around the globe.

2. Our regular ‘Creative Leadership Academy’ (CLA) Courses

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About the Program

The Creative Leadership Academy (CLA) is a non-profit organization founded in 2013 in Bosnia and as such has created nucleus for disseminating knowledge and skills that are required for effective and creative leadership. Why ‘creative’? Because we need out-of-the-box-thinkers who know that there are many roads that lead to Rome, and who are willing to discover them with us, by taking up new challenges. As such, CLA teaches (through lectures, cross-training each other, and expert hearings) young and talented professionals the skills necessary for implementation of ideas, such as project proposal writing and presentation skills, but it also works on empowerment of citizens to dare and make the change in their societies through projects. Our mission is to educate the leaders of tomorrow and create a platform for social and economic change around the world, by being pro-active and taking the future of our neighborhoods, villages, cities and countries in our own hands with new initiatives.

We will teach and discuss the following skills:

  1. Proposal Writing Skills
  2. Networking Skills
  3. Conflict Resolution Skills
  4. Time Management Skills
  5. Teamwork Skills
  6. Presentation Skills
  7. Communication Skills
  8. General Management Skills

 Choose the underestimated contender, whose secret weapons are passion and purpose. – Regina Harteley

The goal of this Academy is to develop:

*Civic minded leaders where social capital (networks/trust/reciprocity) is worth much more than money as capital.

*Leadership competence and cultivate the potential of future leaders who can speak for their communities.

*Practical application on a grassroots-level and increase understanding of leadership roles in daily lives of the participants

*The skills needed to have a positive impact on your own society/community: ‘start small’-principle.

*A network-organization for our target group.

Innovative, Flexible, Creative, Career Oriented and Aiming at Functional Knowledge

Mission of this Program:

  1. CLA’s function is to increase the value of human potential as a crucial factor in the socio-economic development, combat against poverty and social exclusion and support to personal development or self-accomplishment of the individual. 
  2. CLA should be a group effort with shared responsibility of different social actors, where all participants may legitimately and efficiently partake in the dialogue and decision making regarding the Network Centre.  
  3. Recognize ‘Empowerment and Leadership’ as an activity in public interest, which contributes to successful realization of societal goals, such as employment opportunities, active citizenship and peacebuilding. 
  4. Building on traditions, values and common heritage, establish a contemporary Network Centre, based on lifelong learning, streamlined with our principles and standards, and experiences and best practices of other countries.
  5. Define aims and objectives of Leadership in the context of political and economical development (create social capital and active citizenship). 
  6. The main goal of the Network Center: promote socio-economic cohesion and open up the Center towards labor and other influences, taking into consideration the demands and needs of the local, regional and broader social community and the needs of individuals and different target groups.

Sincerely Yours,

The Genius Network Team

3. International Study Trips

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 From time to time we will organise study trips to different countries, to learn more about the foreign policies, diplomacy, cultures, histories and the human beings.

We love to see people win!

 Email us below if you are interested in one of the three programs!

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