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Women Hold up Half the Sky

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Chinese proverb says “women hold up half the sky” but women are still far from holding half of the leadership positions. There is still a huge gender gap when it comes to leadership.… Continue reading

Border as a Tangible Reality

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Borders are a reality. I knew it before I had visited a town on the Syrian border on the south-east of Turkey almost 10 years ago. I knew it but I did not… Continue reading

Sleepless but Social in Seattle

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Last year, I was at a march with my colleagues at Women for Women’s Human Rights-New Ways and many other women activists in my hometown -Istanbul, Turkey- on the International Women’s Day. This… Continue reading

The Guardian: Learning from Servant Leaders

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Please note that this post includes spoilers. The Guardian is not a movie about ships, it is the story of an experienced top rescue swimmer (Ben Randall) and his best student ever (Jake… Continue reading

10 Surprising Facts about Phoenix

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You are likely to see more people in the middle of the desert on a hiking trail than downtown Phoenix on a Sunday afternoon. It is a place where you can’t see any… Continue reading

My Inner Voice Can’t Stop Comparing

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Traveling makes you learn and question. Whenever I am outside of Turkey, I can’t stop myself comparing just everything and anything: the way people greet each other, the width of sidewalks, the weather,… Continue reading

USA: A Bad Example for Emerging Democracies?

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In Turkey, it is very common to see politicians trying to legitimize their actions -mostly- with some irrelevant examples from Western countries. When I heard President Obama’s State of the Union speech, I… Continue reading

Boundaries and Balance between Work and Family

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Last semester, I interviewed a family member, Cemal Ayilmaz, for my leadership style paper. Cemal is married to my aunt for more than 45 years now. He started his career as a merchant… Continue reading

Be the Leader You Want to See In the World

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 “Leadership is the challenge to be something more than average.” Jim Rohn As a young professional with an entrepreneurial spirit, I had a chance to experience different levels of leadership as John Maxwell defines: “leading… Continue reading

“The leader must…..”

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Published for the first time in 1989, “On Becoming a Leader” is a classical and well-known leadership book by Warren Bennis. The book is a combination of Bennis’s own insights and experience on… Continue reading

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