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 the 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.


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1 – Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

2 – Whale Rider (2004)

3 – Kung Fu Panda (2008)


1 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (1999)


1 – Bill Gates

2 – Muhammad Yunus

3 – Lee Kuan Yew


1 – The Explainer: What It Takes to Be a Great Leader (by Youtube Channel Harvard Business Review) 

2 – The Rise of Nike: How One Man Built a Billion-Dollar Brand (by Youtube channel Business Casual)

3 – Steve Jobs Leadership Skills Breakdown – How To Motivate People (by Youtube Channel Charisma on Command)

4 – How Great Leaders Inspire Action by Simon Sinek

5 – The Paradox of Value by Akshita Agarwal

6 – Leading with Laughter: The Power of Humor in Leadership by Paul Osincup

7 – The Essential Leadership Skills to Be a Better Leader by Vanessa Van Edward


1 – It’s Time for Businesses to Embrace Young Leadership by Sarah Sladek

2 – 12 Fictional Characters That Leaders Can Learn From by Shané Schutte

3 – 10 Personality Traits Needed to Succeed in Finance by Dan Butcher

4 – 3 Things to Know About Tomorrow’s Business Leaders

5 – Manage Yourself First, Then You Can Effectively Manage Others by Rhett Power

6 – 15 Tips for Instilling Leadership Skills in Children by John Rampton

7 – Ten Signs You’re A Boss — But Not A Leader by Liz Ryan

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?

Are You Ready For The Challenge?