Slava - Global Political Economy - Russia
What three things do you do differently after your program at the East-West Center (SUSI/YSEALI)?
1. I totally changed my approach to working in a team. After being able to work together with people from different cultural and educational backgrounds I managed to improve my working abilities in terms of conducting more deep and fundamental research in any field from ecology to politics and economics
I reconsidered my approach to time management. SUSI helped to improve my background in time management by the vast amount of tasks and projects during the program to be done.
2. I treat ecological wealth differently. Nothing is granted unlimited and especially ecological wealth, we have to appreciate it and preserve.
What impact did the program have on your career?
After graduating from Moscow State University as a Bachelor of Public Administration I managed to work for around a year in a political and environmental oriented Russian-German organization Drjug (translation from Russian- friend) dealing with the conflicts around the Globe, but mainly on Post-Soviet arena as our organization is relatively young, but promising. I’m still involved in the activity of the organization as a permanent representative of the organization in the field of ecology and PR.
Besides, I decided to do my masters in Global Political Economy, University of Kassel because I would like to make a better change in the environmental sphere not only in my home country, but also globally. That is why we would need a more integrated approach to the issue.
What issues are you most passionate about in your daily life?
I’m most passionate about the attitude of people to our environment. I try to do my best to educate students in the University of Kassel by holding electives on sustainable development.
How have you come to see leadership?
I see leadership from the prospective of being able to take on responsibility. A good leader should set clear targets and be in charge of getting them successfully achieved. But leadership
doesn’t mean that the leader should accomplish all the tasks better than the other team members. Other way round, a good leader is the one who knows to whom he or she should delegate which task in order to gain superior results.