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The Division of Student Affairs featured former DukeEngage in Kolkata, India participant Samir Rao in a recent blog interview.
Says Rao, "...a true leader is one who brings out in all of us the will to make a change. Leaders are not simply those who command their followers but actually those who can inspire a group to achieve more than it could otherwise do on its own. This ability to make a group more than just the sum of its parts is why true leadership is essential not only for promoting a cause but for effecting action. What separates a coordinated protest from an unruly mob is its ability to organize and play on the effectiveness of each of its members. Leaders can facilitate the cohesion of a group and cause change through the sheer strength of a unified group of activists. For me, leadership is not just telling people to do something because it is the right thing to do, it is getting people to do the right thing because they believe it is the right thing to do. In a world of chaos and uncertainty, leadership is the essential foundation for making change happen through the will of the people."
Read the interview in its entirety here.