Ekaterine Jikidze

Short Biography

Ekaterine Jikidze, living in the republic of Georgia, is currently working in the travel agency as sales operator (ticketing and tours). She is graduated from Tbilisi State University with two degrees: major-Marketing Management, Minor-Economics and is a FLEX (Future Leaders Exchange Program) alumni.

Ms. Ekaterine had spent one year in United States and finished high school there. After graduating from the university she has been studying many subjects and working in different places trying to find her. She had studied Banking, Accounting, Tourism and etc. Ms. Ekaterine says, “I want to do something special, something which will help other people and I did not find a way how to do it until now.” She is a leader, who wants to change at least a small thing in world.

How do you motivate the youths living in developing world for the better future?

Motivation comes from the Latin word "moving". You must be able to move, you must be moved, and you must let yourself be moved in order to move others. The motivation of the youth leader is an important ingredient in motivating the group to do something. No group will let themselves be pulled into action if the leader is not motivated. Your own motivation is therefore of utmost importance. I think it has something to do with trust, acceptance, encouragement and a little talent in enthusiasm and motivation. If you cannot manage to build up a trusting relationship, then you will not be able to motivate all members of your group.

After my exchange program “FLEX”, I have been trying to get youth to participate in the exchange programs, trying to prove them that the most important thing a person can do in his life is get a good education. In one of my jobs I was a leader of group with 20 youths. In Georgia, we were the best group, because I was trying every day to motivate them more and more. It was working not because of I was the leader, but they wanted to succeed. Though I think most important role in the group is of its leader and it is very important to know how to communicate with the people and find a way to motivate them. Because every person is unique, what motivates me does not motivate others. So we need to find a way for each person to get in the point directly.