The big challenge of leadership and entrepreneurship in Europe

Commissioner Bienkowska

Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Member of the EC in charge of Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs at the Meeting of the High Level Steering Group on European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials (© European Union , 2016 / Source: EC – Audiovisual Service / Photo: Lieven Creemers)

Exclusively written for The Sting by Mr. Yann Camus, President of the European Confederation of Junior Enterprsises (JADE).

Nowadays, leaders embody the role models everyone should strive to follow and become. Therefore, leadership skills are what every single company is looking for. A leader guides people through crisis thanks to his vision and his capacity to transform that vision into reality. As Europe is facing several crises, we are in dire need of strong leaders.

The consequences of Brexit have yet to unveil, migrants need to be hosted and integrated throughout Europe, and unemployment is still a major issue in the Euro area with a 10% rate overall and a 20.8% rate when it comes to youth unemployment according to the European Commission.

One of the solutions identified to tackle unemployment is entrepreneurship. But entrepreneurs must also be (or be supported by) leaders in order to perform effectively. Indeed, strong leadership is essential to enable a young company to gain the trust of several stakeholders and investors while bringing the employees to adhere to a vision and create concrete value on the European market and new jobs. If Europe wants to drive true innovation, growth and competitiveness, then entrepreneurs are needed.

The European Commission just released the Entrepreneurship Competence Framework to foster the entrepreneurial capacity of European citizens. As the expert network on student entrepreneurial spirit and skills development, the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises (JADE) has been working on the definition and implementation of the Framework.

People agree that a great leader needs both strong skills and experience so that his broad perspective can enable him to make the right decisions. The challenge is to understand how to develop one’s skills and especially how to help young people develop these lifelong skills as they lack concrete experience. As a former Head of Communication in JADE used to say, learning has become so much more than the traditional process of assimilating information for practical use: it is now a way to design one’s life.

The Junior Enterprise Concept is a solution: student-run businesses with the mission to perform real services for companies while investing their income back into the business itself, for their own education.

Our network covers thousands of students around Europe in hundreds of non-profit businesses. Even before they graduate, students in Junior Enterprises start working with real clients and get paid for real products or services which they entirely develop and manage themselves. By investing their income back into the Junior Enterprise they learn about quality, the real value of their knowledge and skills, while also practicing social responsibility thus developing their leadership and entrepreneurial spirit.

The Junior Enterprise is a safe environment to experiment and gain confidence, making ground for a successful path in an entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial career afterwards.

Thanks to this unique opportunity, Junior Entrepreneurs are able to develop their skills, as managers, entrepreneurs and as leaders. This might just be the solution to assure a bright future for the next generation.

About the author 

Yann CamusMr. Yann Camus is the elected President of the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises (JADE) for the 2016/2017 term. In addition to this role, he personally oversees several departments (Strategy Management, Public Affairs, Network Quality and Internal Management), and he is responsible for developing relationships with public stakeholders and with the affiliated Confederations of Junior Enterprises around Europe. Yann Camus is graduating from Centrale Nantes (France) with a Master of Science in Engineering and a specialization in Computer Science. Prior to taking an international leadership role, he was the president of his local Junior Enterprise and created key alliances with companies as well as other Junior Enterprises at local and national levels. In the corporate field, he has been a Business Processes Consultant for a nanotechnology startup in London. He also took part in the creation of a startup through an open innovation initiative of Mazars, an international audit firm.

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising

Featured Stings

Quicker freezing and confiscation of criminal assets in the EU

Do you dare to go to China?

Greece’s future solely in the hands of Tsipras; he can direct the poor country any way he likes

20th EU-China Summit in Beijing, 16/07/2018

Do the giant banks ‘tell’ Britain to choose a good soft Brexit and ‘remain’ or else…?

China is sending science students to live with rural farmers – and crop yields are skyrocketing

More ‘political commitment’ needed urgently for HIV prevention: UNAIDS chief

Greece bailout programme: Full agreement after marathon negotiations on debt relief between IMF and Eurozone

State aid: Commission finds Luxembourg gave illegal tax benefits to Engie; has to recover around €120 million

Parliament: Last compromise on bank single resolution mechanism

UN chief welcomes agreement by rival leaders in South Sudan, as a step towards ‘inclusive and implementable’ peace

Egypt urged to free prominent couple jailed arbitrarily since last June: UN rights office

Towards the Rise of the United States of the Atlantic?

VW emissions scandal: While U.S. car owners are vindicated, Europe still unable to change its laws and protect its consumers

What do Europeans believe about the crisis and the possible way out?

Conflict and climate change challenge sustainable development effort: UN report

Parliaments can be pillars of democracy and defenders of human rights, says UN chief on International Day

Have central banks missed the exit train?

Germany openly seeks more advantages for its banks

GSMA Mobile 360: Connecting Cities, Connecting Lives, Connecting Europe

MEPs call on EU countries to end precarious employment practices

The EU learns about fishing and banking from tiny Iceland

Facebook/Cambridge Analytica: MEPs pursue personal data breaches probe

The Eurogroup offered a cold reception to IMF’s director for Europe

Infinite Oath

EU-Russia relations: the beginning of a warmer winter?

Innovation for a smarter world: ITU Telecom World 2018

UNICEF appeals for end to ‘war on children’ in Syria and Yemen

A ship with containers at the port of Rotterdam. (Copyright: European Union. Source: EC - Audiovisual Service. Photo: Robert Meerding)

US follows the EU in impeding China market economy status in WTO

The new North America trade deal USMCA punishes German cars

Draghi hands over to banks €77.7 billion more

Treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons marks first anniversary, but still lacks sufficient numbers to become law

EU’s Bank signs € 150 million loan to India as part of record investment in clean energy

Medical Doctors in Industry 4.0: pure science fiction

Two major EU projects falter; the Schengen Agreement now freezes and Eurozone fails to resolve the Greek enigma

Why do medical students need to emigrate to become doctors in 2017?

Back to school: Schoolchildren to receive milk, fruits and vegetables at school thanks to EU programme

South Eurozone urgently needs fairer distribution of taxation burden

Draghi’s top new year resolution: Quantitative Easing

Samsung’s profits fall as cheaper smartphones gain market share

5 ways to go green in your own kitchen

The Syrian knot cannot be cut without devastating consequences

European Employment Forum 2013 and not European Unemployment Forum 2014

ILO: Progress on gender equality at work remains inadequate

Parliament sets conditions on EU-China investment deal

The Americans are preparing for the next financial crisis

Foreign direct investments the success secrete of Eurozone

Girls groomed for suicide missions fight back against the extremists of Lake Chad

The 28 EU leaders unable to start a relevant debate on migration and Brexit

5 ways to fast-track the transition to a carbon neutral world

YO!Fest back in Strasbourg for the 2nd edition of the European Youth Event – 20-21 May 2016

Consumers suffer three defeats

Syria: UN Humanitarian Coordinator calls for unimpeded access from within the country

End of plastic water bottles at European Parliament

Why banks escape from competition rules but not pharmaceutical firms

Eurozone economy desperately needs internally driven growth

Can We(esterners) ever understand (the) Chinese

“Decisions taken in the coming weeks will shape Europe’s experience of the internet”, Joe Mcnamee from EDRi says live from European Business Summit 2015

The true EU unemployment rate may have soared to 21.9%

OECD sees global growth moderating as uncertainties intensify

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s