Meet Thomas Julo Barlue

"Finally, I am inspired by the human ability to celebrate diversity and learn from our mistakes and to move in the direction of positive change for the days ahead."

What inspires you?

The things that inspire me are quite broad and they are constantly changing day to day. I am inspired by African youth who live in war zones, and by the African countries that have sought to follow the steps of other developing countries. I am also inspired by the ideological shift concerning new approaches to human development and economic empowerment; and by the work people have achieved towards solving many of the world’s problems through non-violent and peace oriented strategies. Finally, I am inspired by the human ability to celebrate diversity and learn from our mistakes and to move in the direction of positive change for the days ahead.

Tell us about an issue that matters to you and how you became aware and involved.

The issue that matters to me most is youth unemployment. The youth of Africa have their future in their hands but the elders to these youth also have the responsibility to fill the youth with hope, and to give them the opportunity to achieve their dreams while contributing to the development of a new nation suited for this new era.

Share your perspectives on what makes a good leader.

Good leaders are not common in most African countries which is due in part to the type of democratic practices employed by the country's leaders when getting elected, creating new policies, and delivering on promises made. A good leader therefore is one who is able to produce results over 50% of the time, be objective when making decisions, and be willingly to make his or her own decisions. As well, a good leader should encourage an open door policy, and be open to hearing the views of others. However if we consider Africa in this evaluation, a good leader should also be able to identify the problems that affect their followers and seek to solve those problems in a timely manner.

Do you think TakingITGlobal can help you achieve some of your goals? Have we already?

Yes! TakingITGlobal is one of the greatest websites I have come across. Since becoming a member of the TIG community, I believe that I have seen how TIG has helped members of other countries successfully achieve their goals. For myself, I am confident that TIG will be a great help as an informative tool for connecting and networking with others.


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