The study of economics provides valuable knowledge for making decisions in everyday life. By studying economics, students can develop an analytical approach that helps them to understand a wide range of issues such as why some people earn more than others, why some economies grow faster than others, and how people set up and run a successful business. Economics challenge students for their knowledge of economic principles and their ability to apply problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to real-world events.

Subcategories: Management, Leadership, Entrepreneurship.

You are expected to do research on the theme of the year, “Leadership: Inspire Change”, in the context of Economics & Business. You may find the recommended resources below.

The study resources contain several movies and videos to watch, books and articles to read, topics to research, and questions to sharpen your knowledge.


  • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell (2008)


  • The Chorus (2004)
  • Gladiator (2000)
  • The Dark Knight (2008)


  • How Great Leaders Inspire Action by Simon Sinek
  • How to Build a Company Where the Best Ideas Win by Ray Dalio
  • Alibaba’s 6 Core Leadership Values by Jack Ma
  • Great Leadership Starts with Self-Leadership by Lars Sudmann
  • Design Thinking by David M. Kelley, Tim Brown and Roger Martin
  • The Anti-CEO Playbook by Hamdi Ulukaya  
  • To Innovate, You Have to Manage the Past, Present and Future by Vijay Govindarajan



  • 10 Lessons From a Start-Up Entrepreneur by Maarten Michielssens
  • The Importance of Soft Skills in Financial Services by Tamara Niesen
  • Digital Future of Banking Requires New Leadership Model by Jim Marous
  • 3 Things to Know About Tomorrow’s Business Leaders by Lisa MacCallum
  • Leadership Styles from the 80s: Steve Jobs vs Bill Gates by GameLearn Editors
  • Ten Signs You’re a Boss — But Not A Leader by Liz Ryan
  • The Economics of Effective Leadership by Roberto Weber


Explore the following people:

  • Bill Gates
  • Lee Kuan Yew
  • Muhammad Yunus

Thought-Provoking Questions

  • What problems do young people have when they become leaders in a business?
  • Why should leaders know about economics & business? 
  • What aspects of economics & business are relevant for leaders?  What can it teach them? 
  • Why should people working in economics & business learn about leadership? 
  • What aspects of leadership are relevant for people working in economics & business?  What can it teach them? 
  • What are the different categories of economics & business skills that the participants can learn about in relation to leadership? (e.g. digital skills and soft skills) 
  • Who are some historical figures that we can learn about the connection between economics & business and leadership?
  • Who are the leaders in economics & business today that are role models for leaders?
  • How do cultural factors in individual countries affect the economics & business and leadership connection?   


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