Barack Obama Talks About Leadership At The Napoleons Event In Paris
Barack Obama recently attended an event in Paris where he spoke about the state of the country and made some suggestions.
Obama in Paris
The former US president attended an event organised by a network of communications professionals referred to as Les Napoleons. He spoke to the group of media leaders on what he thought should be the next moves for the country.
Earlier on, he had a meeting with the President of France, Emmanual Macron, but he chose not to publicise this with a tweet or an official photo. He also aired some of his views on how he believed the country should be run.
Obama reiterated that hope and change are what people need at this point in time. According to him, it is only when we embrace these changes and hope for better that progress can take place.
Hope is not being blind to problems. Hope is facing problems and then still believing we can work them out.
He also shared his opinion that the world is a now a much safer place than at any time in our history. It is "healthier, wealthier and less violent than at any time."
Obama used the opportunity to encourage inclusion in the economy and get rid of what he described as "deeply embedded inequality."
On women leaders
Obama, in his speech, also called for more women to take leadership and powerful roles. At the event, he was asked about what leadership qualities should be focused on in the future.
Not to generalize but women seem to have a better capacity than men do, partly because of their socialization.
He also highlighted that the most important way to make a change is for each individual to look for how he/she can help foster progress.
How can I make the people around me better? How do I empower them... how do I build a team where everyone's pulling together to get something done?
We think this is the most important thing. As long as a leader, whether male or female, is more focused on what they can give than what they can get, the country, and by extension, and the world will be a much better place.