President Zelenskyy has inspired a generation

Ukraine’s president has shown immense bravery and courage.

Hannah Dilanchyan, Opinions Editor

Sometimes the darkness reveals light. There are always people who rise to the occasion of fending off evil. During World War II, Winston Churchill became a beacon of hope for millions in England and across Europe. When racial injustices intensified during the 1960s, Martin Luther King Jr. inspired a generation of Americans to fight for equality. When it was time to fight for freedom against England’s tyrannical rule, George Washington stepped up to lead the colonies into a new era. 

Today, Europe is under the dark cloud of war once again. When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the world was stunned. In the midst of the chaos and fear, the 44-year-old president of Ukraine posted a rebellious and inspirational selfie video to tell the world that his nation would not succumb to Russia. 

Zelenskyy inspired not only Ukraine, but the entire world. According to the Pew Research Center, 7 of 10 Americans approve of Zelenskyy’s work thus far. Young people are especially drawn to his modern day stance against evil. Zelenskyy leads Ukraine with brilliant leadership qualities that young adults can mimic as they mature as leaders.

COURAGE AND TENACITY

Bravery is an attribute that all people aspire to have. Zelenskyy addressed his nation in early April and encouraged Ukraine to remain steadfast in their courage to win the war. 

We have always been brave. The bravest in the world. I am sure of that,” Zelenskyy said. “Because who else would do what Ukrainians do?” 

Not only did address the nation with valor, but Zelenskyy reminded Ukrainian citizens of their courage. He sparked hope among the Ukrainian people—empowering them to persevere. “In fact, this is our brand,” Zelesnkyy said. “This is what it means to be us. To be Ukrainians. To be brave.”

Zelenskyy said he would not hide from the Russians—rather remain boldly in the nation’s capital. 

“Now I will say one thing: I stay here. I stay in Kyiv. On Bankova Street. I’m not hiding,” Zelenskyy said. “And I’m not afraid of anyone.” 

The president exhibits boldness in his statement and placement that gives hope to the 10 million Ukrainians who were forced to flee their homes. 

CALM AND PEACEFUL

Throughout the war, Zelenskyy has maintained an ambiance of being unfazed and calm in his leadership of Ukraine. He continually addressed the nation in a competent manner. NBC News writes that his calm tone during the early days of the war made way for a more serious attitude. This calmness reveals his ability to make appropriate decisions and maintain order in leadership. 

Along with his calm demeanor, Zelenskky relentlessly pursues peace. He explained that even though no one wants to make a deal with someone like Putin, he would do whatever is necessary to end the war and create peace for Ukraine, Al Jazeera reports. 

COMMUNICATION AND CHARISMA 

Zelenskyy is often hailed as a modern day Churchill. The Associated Press reports that his clear communication and connection to the people of Ukraine has made all the difference in his success thus far. While Churchill maintained more eloquence and poetry in his approach, Zelenskyy evokes a more candid and direct style when addressing his nation—an approach that has gained him popularity among the young generation, AP reports. 

Young people can look to Ukraine to learn what it means to be a leader. Zelenskyy has inspired  Ukraine—inspired the world—in his bold stance against Russian aggression. If young people observe his leadership style, the future will be in good hands.



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