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Youth on the run: Advantages and disadvantages

Young leaders focus on themselves too much. They mistakenly believe success depends on them rather than others. They think about their own potential and neglect the potential of others.

By Dan Rockwell?

Small dreams are reached alone. Great dreams require others.

Young leaders limit themselves by sinking into themselves. Shifting from success to significance makes great dreams possible.

Other mistakes young leaders make:

  1. Reluctance to lead. (Frequently a belief issue)
  2. Assuming dissent is resistance.
  3. Making impulsive decisions without doing their homework.
  4. Hiding ignorance.
  5. Not asking.
  6. Being arrogant.
  7. Assuming collaboration just happens.
  8. Acting independently.
  9. Inconsistency.
  10. ????

This list is inspired by contributors on the Leadership Freak Facebook page.

Missed Opportunity:

The strength of youth is passion. Never quench it; always fuel it. Yes it’s dangerous. But it sure beats lethargy and safety.

Fools preserve the status quo, when they corral young leaders.

Teach young leaders to:

  1. Embrace their passion.
  2. Take risks. I see young leaders who talk it but refuse to take risks. All great dreams are risky!
  3. Understand people.
  4. Ask questions.
  5. Inspire others.
  6. Embrace high expectations.
  7. Work hard and follow through.
  8. Embrace values while pursuing new opportunities. Values create stability and consistency.


Successful leaders equip others to bring value, efficiently and effectively. Teach young leaders to become what I’ll call “second generation” leaders.

It’s useful to ask, “How can I help?” Second generation leaders also ask, “How can I help you help others?


I’m nauseated by our inability to capitalize on the power of youth. Trying to make them like us cripples both them and us. If potential is in people, leadership’s greatest opportunities are in young leaders.

How can we address the weaknesses and capitalize on the strengths of young leaders?

Are Youth in Lebanon leading the change in archaic Lebanese system?

With Sustainable Development being a priority on the international agenda, how do youth see this agenda being translated into concrete actions that reflect the priorities of the Lebanese?

What are the actions that will reinforce the economic, social, and environmental pillars of Sustainable Development?

What criteria do we consider when identifying our national development priorities?

Cedric Choukair of WYA Middle East posted on Nov.7, 2012 under:

“Sustainable Development Workshop Series”

The series of independent 3 hour workshops will help Lebanese youth understand the concept of sustainable development based on the World Youth Alliance’s International Solidarity Forum (ISF) 2012 declaration.

The workshop will discuss some of the points presented in the WYA white paper on sustainable development that was recently published. The participants will also help us understand how the underlying ideas of the declaration practically apply to the Lebanese context.

For all the details of the workshop series including registration, click here!

Ideology: Not such a bad Concept before Ruling, (April 2, 2009)


I believe that personal reflection is the best alternative for discovering a set of values (most compatible with our passions) to guide our behavior.  However, there are many obstacles for any individual to access his own “ideology” or perception of life and the universe. 

First, the school system, family upbringing, community customs and traditions are as many diverse implicit ideologies that an individual has to comprehend and sort out.

Second, it presupposes that an individual has reached enough maturity to believe that his reflections can affect the course of events. 

Third, it presupposes that the governing institutional systems care about individual opinions and demands, and are ready to examine them seriously. 

Fourth, it presupposes that the individual has enough will, energy, education, and perseverance to discover his own set of values and ideological system.


An ideology basically transmits perceived habits and models for interpreting social and political conditions. To a lesser extent, an ideology communicates explanations and teaches to making choices for situations and events. It is my contention that every ideology or political party implicitly exhibits a philosophical line.

Since a philosophical construct is fundamentally a process of prioritizing our individual set of passions, that cannot be changed but re-ordered, and focused as a collectivity of like-minded association, then it is beneficial for any ideology to debate the philosophy that is most compatible to its priority of passions.

It is up to graduate philosophers to analyze the party line and extract the corresponding philosophy out of hundreds that the human mind has constructed.  An ideology that misses opportunities to seriously debate its underlying philosophy is bound to fail as a gathering of focused passions.

I am aware of a case where a fresh graduate in philosophy and a fresh member in a political party attempted to stick his personal philosophy to the ideology instead of objectively analyzing the underlying philosophy and allowing free discussion on the topic; it was an opportunity that was missed to debating a rough philosophy that had potentials to be fine tuned and accepted by the collectivity of members.


Most political ideologies loudly claim that the members are the subject matter, that the members are the driving force and the main concern of the ideology.  That line of thinking should be the purpose of syndicates because that is the reason for instituting syndicates and professional associations. Political parties should avoid the technical hypocrisy of proclaiming that their goals are the members’ benefit. 

Members in political ideologies are simple cogs of focused passions. Fresh members in political parties are willing to slave for free and accept all the nonsense, constraints, and abject humiliation on opinion restraints because “they need apprenticeship period” to comprehend and thoroughly learn the mystery behind an ideology, as if it was a cult.

Those individual cogs who regurgitate the political lines and memorize them by rot and spew them integrally are the one who accede to the higher echelons, and then reap the benefits and advantages: There are no rooms for divergence of opinions on ideological lines, otherwise, a new ideology is in the making. It is worth noting that those who accede to the higher echelons are invariably astute power grabbers, but very limited spiritually because they fail to invest energy and time on personal reflections.

Those limited minded “leaders” are imposed on society for needed reforms that invariably fail and leave tracks of long miseries and sufferings.


  Any ideology is inherently a cult with many super imposed constructs of myths and verbal testimonies of elders, which are added as the rank swells.  These abstract constructs are meant to increase the obscure notions and make the ideology more fascinating and enduring to the youth, simply because the ideology failed to adhere to an explicit philosophy of rational cohesion.

Fundamentally, schisms are implicitly divergences on priorities of passions to focus on which are interpreted as political differences.

Religions follow the same process as ideologies, and end up splitting and forming schisms and cults.  The core of religions and political ideologies are of abstract constructs with the same consequences on societies.  The main difference between religions and ideologies is that religions invariably end up adhering to a philosophy as guiding rod and are thus enduring in all levels of life for many centuries.


Ideologies, as religions, are necessary passages for individuals’ spiritual development:  they are the building blocs for getting aware and hopefully caring for human miseries and problems.  Ideologies are extensions to our spirit because we need the association of people to develop our soul.


Find me an individual who never joined a political ideology or at least cared in his youth to learn the ideologies of his time and I can forecast that this individual will specialize in his professional discipline and be a complete illiterate outside his field of specialty; he will end up a very narrow-minded person with no heart or soul to count on for change and social reforms. 

I would be uncomfortable dealing with an individual who joined an ideology in youth and never felt the need to re-examine his ideology: I simple cannot believe that a young person can be bright enough and wise enough to knowing his strongest passions before dealing with the real world and people.


In many moments in life we asked “what is the meaning and purpose in life?”   How about we start from the obvious?  We are a bunch of jumbled passions that drive our life and we ache to re-order our passions and discover the strongest passions that mean most to us. We want to be discriminated as an individual, not on physical traits but as thinking reflecting persons who have distinct set of passions that we managed to prioritize; we finally think that we know who we are and what drove our life.

We want to be at peace with our soul and spirit.




February 2023

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