“Not every leadership looks the same, being a leader takes time and isn’t always easy.” While talking to Maggie Doyne, Swastika Shrestha tells us how she didn’t want to be a leader at the beginning. “I was crying in the car after they decided I would become the CEO of Teach for Nepal,” she says. She goes on to say that till today, she doesn’t really feel like the leader and isn’t sure how to lead in the right way, but this hasn’t withheld her impact on the lives of around 8,000 students through Teach for Nepal.
As the Co-founder of the organisation, Swastika’s journey started from its very roots. As the CEO of TFN, she carries the responsibility of the many students who depend on her work for their future.
Swastika shared this during her conversation with Maggie Doyne whose journey started as a 19-year-old high school student traveling the world volunteering eighteen years ago, a journey that ended up as a lifetime affair working with children in Karnali, Nepal.
Maggie Doyne, the Founder & CEO of BlinkNow, Co-Founder of Kopila Valley Sewa Samaj and the author of ‘Between the Mountain and the Sky’ is a woman deeply rooted into the work she does. While her work is focused on women and children in Nepal, she also speaks all over the world in the hope of inspiring others to start projects that will generate positive changes in the world.
Her story shows that achieving change takes time and patience and is a never-ending string but it will give you the highs, joy and knowledge you couldn’t achieve with anything else. Maggie shares that nobody starts as the leader, at the beginning you need to take small steps and believe that it will change something, you need to feel that flame inside of you and use it to take action.
Both women shared that their work is connected to pain and sacrifices and that as leaders they needed to accept that pain as part of life, feel it
When they started, they both thought that they will help create change and in two or three years, they would be back to their usual life. But they soon realised that this would be their usual life. They also shared that it’s not easy to be a leader and nobody is there to tell you how to be one, and that there is no singular right way to lead. They also said that every day was a choice and leadership for them was also about finding people smarter and better than them, learning from them, understanding your weaknesses, and still build the road. (Filed by: Luna)