Late last week the selection of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates were announced.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov “for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.”
Maria Ressa uses freedom of expression to expose abuse of power, use of violence, and growing authoritarianism in her native country, the Philippines. In 2012, she co-founded Rappler, a digital media company for investigative journalism, which she still heads. As a journalist and the Rappler’s CEO, Ressa has shown herself to be a fearless defender of freedom of expression. Ms. Ressa and Rappler have documented how social media is being used to spread a false narrative, harass opponents, and manipulate public discourse.
Dmitry Andreyevich Muratov has for decades defended freedom of speech in Russia under increasingly challenging conditions. In 1993, he was one of the founders of the independent newspaper, Novaja Gazeta. Since 1995, he has been the newspaper’s editor-in-chief for a total of 24 years. Novaja Gazeta is the most independent newspaper in Russia today, with a fundamentally critical attitude towards power.
"Without media, you cannot have a strong democracy," says Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. We all want the right to have freedom of speech, yet we know that in some cases saying what you want can be hard when it goes against the masses.
Thirteen laureates were awarded a Nobel Prize in 2021, for achievements that have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind.
Let’s look at the leadership lessons that can be learned from these thirteen laureates:
All of them stood out from the masses
They all sought after excellence in their field
They leveraged the resources of others around them to achieve an end-result
They stood up for what they believed
They faced much opposition from others to arrive at this desired outcome
They used their voice when needed to share concerns, opinions, and create a following
How can you use the leadership lessons from these thirteen laureates to strengthen your own leadership? Which one, if implemented in the next twenty-four hours, would have the greatest impact on you, your team, and your organization?
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