A key global goal for world leaders is to achieve high-quality education for as many people as possible by 2030.
Born and raised in one of the most politically and economically newsworthy countries in the Middle East, I have learned that the most reliable way to fulfill basic human needs for certainty, connection, contribution, love, significance, and growth is by valuing high-quality education. A premium academic education is highly valued by society and studies show that a good education contributes a significant 20% to the success of individuals and societies.
The benefits of education are not in question but the perception of education in its traditional form is beginning to shift and educators and leaders are starting to question the concept of success achieved by advanced academic lessons taught in schools and universities. We can clearly see that well-educated people do not necessarily enjoy a higher quality of life than their non-educated peers which points to a need to reimagine the traditional concept of education. What we currently teach our children in schools simply does not cover everything they require to achieve true success in our changing world.
It takes much more than a good academic education for an individual or a society to perform at their best. A large proportion of constructive practical contribution to society has very little to do with an individual’s academic background. So what sets people apart if not their traditional education? The answer is leadership skills – unfortunately not taught at school and conspicuously absent from school curricula.
Leadership skills contribute to an individual’s ability to perform and to build valuable life and include:
We know that over 80% of true human potential lies in the subconscious. Leadership skills help nurture and extract more from that 80% potential. Leaders are born and developed and that applies to every single person regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, and upbringing or disadvantages they may have faced.
Now that world leaders in the United Nations have noted Quality Education as a Global Goal for 2030, it is time to emphasis the value in leadership as a key factor of high-quality education.
It’s through leadership and awareness of the human potential that poverty can be diminished. Leadership helps young people develop positive beliefs about themselves and their true potential, and goals for inclusion of the disabled community will be fulfilled by skilled leaders.
An educated person in the modern world is someone who has a clear understanding of who they are, allowing them to choose the right path with direction and purpose.
Quality Education in Leadership will ultimately teach people the tools to sync their conscious and unconscious mind to maximize their performance.
If we do not pay enough attention to leadership as an academic subject from an early stage in schools and in higher educations and later in organizations, we will eventually become a society of people with limited values, purpose, and motivation. Countries and societies will grow based on the sole motivation of economic growth and all other areas will be undermined. This is not a future we envisage for our children.
Leadership is a skill that every single human being should have access to as part of their education, alongside traditional academics. As educators, we must open up these possibilities to allow future leaders to thrive and grow.