Words from Chairperson
Leadership cannot be taught, it can only be learnt. In the past 23 years, the Union has been a place where generations of UYLers learnt about themselves and their very own definitions of leadership. Here, no one teaches us what to think, but UYLers inspire each other and learn how to think. We are people who develop individuality through impacting each other’s lives. This is where young adults with leadership potential start their journeys to become the leader they envision. Through our experience in the Union, we learn, we grow, and we strive to become more outstanding leaders.Young people like you and me make up tomorrow’s society. But even today, we are more than students who merely receive processed information and filtered knowledge from the rest of the world. The future is in our hands, and everything we do will have an impact on our community, whatever it may be. Would you be the one to show the world what we teenagers are capable of? Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone and become the leader you can be? Being part of the Union helps us develop into unique individuals with insights and prowess. With what we attain here, each of us can become a leader who brings change to the lives of ourselves and of others.
Delineate your Orbit
Everything in this world starts with a dream, and it is dreamers who have created the world before us. Because of a dream, we can now fly around the world on airplanes; because of a dream, the slavery system was abolished; because of a dream, we can now travel all the way to moon. To dare to dream is always the first step, but to be a leader, that is not enough. What makes a leader stand out from the rest is not just his thoughts, but his choice to stand up and make a move. Actions speak louder than words, and it is when you dare to take action that you become a leader. A dreamer may not necessarily become a leader, but a leader must have been a dreamer once. As leaders of tomorrow, we all have what it takes to bring our community to strive for betterment, but the question is, ‘Do you have the courage to take the step forward?’ To delineate your orbit is not merely to sketch without a second thought. It is to know what you are looking for, then set your path and see it through. It matters not where the path takes you. What matters are the many things you have achieved walking down the path.
‘Shoot for the moon. If you miss, you will land among the stars.’
Outstanding leaders have their own visions for their community. They know what they want to see in the future, and they are willing to do what it takes to bring their community to change for the better. To delineate your orbit, you need to know what you want to see. Dream, hope and imagine the future that you aspire. Then take a step forward and try taking reality a step closer to what you dream for. It matters not what actions you take, but instead the choice that you’ve made to do what you can. You can become outstanding if you take the step and let yourself shine like any outstanding leader does. This is your chance to seek your chimera. This is the chance for you to ‘Delineate your Orbit’.
Yuen, Katie Alitza
24th Hong Kong Union for Young Leaders - 2015-2016