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Many leaders operating as ‘managers’ – professor

Monday, June 12th, 2017

KOTA KINABALU: Understanding the people that you deal with is key to successful leadership, said Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Sabah (English) associate professor Roslan Mokhtar.

He pointed out that many of today’s leaders are solely operating as “managers”, using the position’s power with a poor grasp of responsibility.

“They carry with them the glamour of the position. It can be seen across the board anywhere in the country. There are a lot of people who sit in positions of influence and yet they somehow or rather put in the backseat responsibility,” said Roslan, who is also UiTM Student Leadership Unit head.

“That is the sad part because this is where the finger pointing culture takes root, blaming other people. A lot of people want to be leaders but not many people are willing to (take) the blame in the heat when something goes wrong.

“That is the true test of a leader. There is a difference between the word leader and manager,” he emphasized at a leadership motivational talk here yesterday.

Roslan said true leaders throughout the span of time had portrayed virtuous traits that would inspire people to follow them.

Leaders also take time to listen and understand the people, not only taking time to ask questions but to also consider the consequences of their actions on the morale of the people.

“All these people follow them because of the virtues exemplified by these people, they are willing to die for these leaders,” said Roslan.

“One of the things I found out about good leaders is that they know how to handle people. That is one thing I noticed. Leaders are very good at identifying assets, traits of certain people and work with those people to motivate their staff and get them going.

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Lessons on leadership

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

TO be an effective and credible leader, one must hold on to the values of integrity, said Deputy Higher Education Minister Datuk Dr Mary Yap to a packed room of 300 students at City University, Petaling Jaya.

Dr Yap was speaking at the varsity’s eighth Distinguished Speakers Series where she presented a talk tittled “Leadership in Practice: D.E.F.F.R.A.C”.

The speakers series started in 2015 and is aimed at encouraging the students and staff of the varsity to interact with the outside world.

Dr Yap said: “A leader is a person who has integrity and the two important attributes of being a leader of integrity is sincerity and honesty.”

She shared that as a school principal, she allowed her teachers and staff to give critical comments on her leadership.

“If I were to advise or comment on my teachers’ or staff behaviour, why can’t they comment or advise me?

“Listening is very important,” she said, adding that there are different levels of leadership and that students must not think of leaders as those holding top positions.

On DEFFRAAC, Dr Yap said it is important to delegate work among one another.

However, it is not useful if a person merely delegates without empowering the other.

“When you empower, it means you are instilling the element of trust in your team members.

Dr Yap said the double “F” in DEFFRAAC is crucial.

“Most institutions fail because they miss the follow up and follow through.

“As a leader, you have to follow up and follow through,” she said.

Speaking passionately, Dr Yap said reflection is an important practice whereby one has to find lessons learnt upon participating in an activity.

“Reflecting without follow up action is not going to be useful.

“You have to act to find solutions to address the weaknesses that you have identified,” she said, adding that an effective leader needs to have effective communication.

She said students are the future of the country and commended City University for exposing its students to such talks.

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Students Need To Develop Strong Leadership, Entrepreneur Skills To Survive

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

PETALING JAYA, June 9 (Bernama) — Students should develop strong leadership and entrepreneur skills to survive in the competitive world, says Education Deputy Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan.

They should also be prepared mentally and physically to face the real challenging world, he said at the General Electric’s (GE) Leaders of Tomorrow programme here.

The pioneer programme which kicked off on May 18 and ended today, was organised by GE, an American multinational conglomerate, in collaboration with INTI International University and Colleges.

More than 90 INTI students participated in the leadership programme with various challenges and competition screened in three stages, among others, case study challenge and corporate social responsibility (CSR)-related task.

Five students – Kenrick Lim Soo Wen, Charmaine Sze Ka-Mei, Phareeshta Franscesca and Asiffa Mohama Ali from the University of Wollongong Bachelor of Commerce programme – and Irfan Iskandar Bazlisham from Cambridge A – Levels Programme at INTI, emerged the top five.

They will be given opportunity to a career guide with a minimum of one year ambassadorship, networking, special invitations to GE events and a potential carrer at GE.

Meanwhile, INTI International University and Colleges chief executive officer Rohit Sharma said the programme was aimed at bringing in the industry to classrooms where students could enjoy learning skills and curriculum at the same time.

“We have over 400 industry partners at the moment and GE is one the key partners. With this programme, our students have had the opportunity to gain international exposure as GE itself is a multinational organisation involved in various industries worldwide,” he said.


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Nazir Razak honoured with Asian Business Leaders Award

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

LONDON: CIMB Group chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak was honoured with the prestigious Asia House Asian Business Leaders Award at Asia House’s Gala Award Dinner held at Banqueting House in Whitehall, London, United Kingdom.

The Gala Dinner was attended by more than 250 business and political figures from Asia and UK, including a delegation from the Asean Business Club (ABC).

The evening also featured speeches by the Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lord Strathclyde, Chairman of the Advisory Board, Battersea Power Station Development Company, and Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia and co-Chair Malaysia of the Asean Business Club (ABC).

The Asia House Asian Business Leaders Award is a distinguished award that recognises an individual for his or her overall contribution towards economic success, professional excellence, moral leadership and service to society.

Past award recipients include Ho Ching, Executive Director and CEO of Temasek; Jack Ma, Chairman and Founder of; and Ratan Tata, Chairman of Tata Group.

Sir John Boyd, Chairman of Asia House, said: “We are delighted to acknowledge the success and good works of Nazir Razak who has, among other things, underlined the benefits of cooperation and partnership across Asean through his support of learning, independent research and charitable works, as well as in his ambitious business strategy, demonstrating how a commercially successful Asean-wide initiative can bring people together for the common good.”

When receiving the award, Nazir said he was “truly honoured, humbled and overwhelmed to be presented with such a highly revered award.”

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Competent School Heads, Teachers Determine Success Of Students

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

NILAI, Aug 20 (Bernama) — Heads and teachers who are competent and of quality are a determining factor to the success of students in a particular school, said Education director-general, Datuk Seri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof.

He said to increase the potential of students, principals and headmasters should create a conducive learning environment besides providing proper guidance to teachers.

“To achieve this, continuous professional development activities in a school’s organisation should be encouraged and supported, especially in terms of continuing personal professional development initiatives, that is a transfromation to enable and empower teachers and school leaders to improve accountability,”

“Personal professional development is an effort towards ensuring that each professional individual within the school’s organisation pursues the development needed in their respective fields and not just follow the development modules provided by the organisation itself,” he said at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Premier Discourse at Institut Aminuddin Baki (IAB) in Bandar Enstek near here, last night.


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Branson pays tribute to ‘influential’ Fernandes

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

PETALING JAYA: Virgin Group’s Sir Richard Branson paid tribute to Tan Sri Tony Fernandes (pic) after the AirAsia chief executive was listed in Time’s 100 most influential people.

Branson, who wrote a profile on Fernandes, 50, in Time, said Fernandes “continues to lead a company that has earned the trust of travellers”.

In the profile, he said people reveal their true selves in the worst of times and after learning that AirAsia Flight 8501 had gone missing, Fernandes stilled the chaos by being himself – “a family man and a business leader”.

“He guided his company and employees through the horror. As AirAsia continued to serve its passengers, Tony acted as a friend, father and son to families whose darkest days were not done.

“The end of every journey is home. With his strength, candour and compassion, Tony helps get AirAsia’s passengers home every day,” said Branson in the profile.

Branson knew Fernandes when the Malaysian became the financial controller for Branson’s Virgin Records in London from 1987 to 1989. Since then, they forged a good friendship and are close partners in the airline industry.

The annual list, in its 12th year, saw Fernandes being named along with celebrities like Kanye West, Taylor Swift and Kim Kardashian, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

The list recognises the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.

In a press statement released yesterday, Fernandes commented that it was a tremendous honour to be included in Time’s top 100 list.


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Lee Kuan Yew and the Asian model

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

An important legacy of Lee Kuan Yew was the formulation of one of the Asian models that have been driving successful Asian economies forward.

HUNDREDS of obituaries and articles have been written about Lee Kuan Yew, who was laid to rest last weekend.

The articles were overwhelmingly in tribute of the vision, leadership qualities and achievements of Singapore’s founding father, who left his imprint on so many aspects of the island state’s system and way of life.

The tributes were mixed with criticisms of the political authoritarianism that was mixed with the spectacular economic growth.

There will be many PhDs written, which would make judgments on his side of the story and that of the critics.

As for Lee’s own assessment, he summed it up thus: “What did I achieve? A successful Singapore. What did I give up? My life.”

On the TV news of LKY’s passing, I was impressed by an interview with a young man who runs an Internet views service.

He said this was the time to pay tribute to Lee and his achievements, after which would come a period of collective reflection on what happened in the past five decades and how Singapore should go forward.

The times have changed. Singapore too is changing and will doubtless change even more.

One of LKY’s major achievements was to be a pioneer of combining the roles of the state and the market in a way that succeeded in generating and sustaining high economic growth, and with widespread social benefits.

He did it in a way that was suitable, or that was adapted, to the situation of a nation with a small population, no natural resources and no significant market.

He opted for the model of being a “global city”, that used the world as a source of capital, technology and markets, with foreign companies providing the engine, the world’s population providing the market, and Singapore providing its geographical location and skills.

Singapore also diversified from trade to oil refinery and industry and to being also a global financial centre.

It is the combining of state and market that made it part of the East Asian models of development.


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Mourning a great leader

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Spontaneous and emotional outpouring of grief by Singaporeans is indeed a testament to Lee Kuan Yew’s extraordinary achievement in creating a united nation out of a divided, polyglot, multi-racial and multi-religious population.

THE fact that today our Yang di-Pertuan Agong will represent Malaysia at Lee Kuan Yew’s funeral – an epochal event in the history of Singapore – speaks volumes of the island’s founding father as the greatest statesman in South-East Asia.

In fact, President Richard Nixon held him up as a leader of similar stature as Winston Churchill. Most importantly, Lee was also instrumental in the formation of Malaysia and hence he and a generation of Singaporeans were once, albeit briefly, Malaysians between 1963 and 1965.

Born on Sept 16, 1923, Lee read law at Cambridge University and obtained a starred double first and started practising as a lawyer in 1950 for almost a decade. As a legal assistant, he took up cases for trade unions, often on a pro bono basis. This undoubtedly helped him later to generate mass support for him when he became prime minister in 1959.

Almost half a million Singaporeans have already turned up at Parliament House and the 18 community tribute sites to pay their last respects to the nonagenarian. Thousands more did not mind queuing for up to 10 hours the night before in order to reach the Parliament House where the body is lying in state.

This spontaneous and emotional outpouring of grief by Singaporeans is indeed a testament to Lee’s extraordinary achievement in creating a united nation out of a divided, polyglot, multi-racial and multi-religious population. It is ironic that someone who had believed in Machiavelli, making him the most feared person in Singapore, is now someone who is most loved by his people. It is understandable that Singaporeans’ biggest regret is that their founding father would not be there on Aug 9 for their 50th national day celebrations.

Lee was indeed a great leader in every sense of the word. He was humble enough to say sorry if he was wrong and if it was in the best interest of his county to do so. Hence, he had apologised to Malaysia a few times for some of his acerbic comments.

He was also a first-class diplomat whose advice was often sought by leaders of superpowers even though he was just the head of “a little red dot” on the world map.

In one particular incident, two Indonesian marines were executed in 1968 for the MacDonald House bombing which killed three people, despite a plea for clemency from President Mohammad Suharto. Suharto vowed to teach Lee a lesson, and the Singapore embassy was almost burnt down. But Lee pulled off a diplomatic coup during his visit to Indonesia in 1973 when he took time off to visit the graves of the two marines. With that, bilateral relations between the two countries improved.

Today, President Joko Widodo is also at the funeral. Former Indonesian presidents Susilo Bambang Yudoyhono and Megawati Sukarnoputri (President Sokarno’s daughter) and two daughters of Suharto had also paid their respects to Lee.


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6 Ways to Be an Effective Leader

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

6 Ways to Be an Effective Leader

One of the greatest challenges of starting a new company is convincing employees, vendors, clients and talent to entrust their futures to an organization with an untested track record.  A good leader will steer the company in the right direction, while bestowing confidence in people they work with and hope to work with, making that leap of faith a little less daunting.

When I founded Polis Books, I faced the challenge of attracting distribution, vendors and talent to an unproven organization. So I looked at the most successful independent publishers in our industry and found there was a common thread: They had leaders with a clear vision, strength in their convictions, yet open-minded enough to not only hear but learn from their employees.

Related: 5 Ways to Foster Learning in Your Workplace

These six tips will help you be an effective leader, able to communicate to prospective clients, vendors and talent that they should trust their futures to your capable hands.

1. Get your hands dirty.

When you’re starting a company, you may run the show but sometimes you need to take on a supporting part. You don’t always have the leeway of delegating every task, and taking part in the less-rewarding parts of running a business shows others that the little things matter to you. Help out with mailings. Run errands. Man social-media feeds. Show everyone in your organization that you don’t mind the gruntwork.

2. Maximize your energy output:

Early on, I hired a designer whose aesthetic fit matched what we were looked for. But it soon became clear that his aesthetic was more important than our needs, and I ended up having to fight him tooth and nail to get the simplest things done to our specifications.

When you’re starting out, nearly every joule of energy you expend needs to be maximized. And if you find yourself expending energy just to get to zero, then it’s not worth your energy, time or money. Don’t worry, you’ll find someone else who is.

Related: 4 Tips for Leading a Company in a Constantly Evolving Industry

3. Fire can be your fuel:

Not everyone has an obstacle-free climb up the ladder to success, attaining more money and responsibility on every rung. At some point in our careers, most of us get laid off, fired, quit, change jobs or professions, or find ourselves overworked or undervalued. And some people hold onto this anger as they launch a new venture. Here’s the thing: Anger is not always a negative emotion when it comes to ambition. It can be a valuable asset – if harnessed correctly. Use it correctly, and you’ll prove that you can succeed in the face of adversity. That a bump in the road couldn’t stop you, that even though you’ve been knocked down you got back up stronger than before. But don’t allow it to coerce you to act impulsively, to make rash decisions or run a company on emotion rather than pragmatic ideas. Keep it as a weapon in your holster. Just don’t keep it loaded and aimed at all times.

by Jason Pinter.

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Want to Be Successful? Quit Wasting Your Brain.

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Want to Be Successful? Quit Wasting Your Brain.

The most productive time of the day is not early morning. Work productivity has absolutely nothing to do with your daily rituals or habits. And the truth is, your success probably has little to do with productivity in the first place.

Productivity is about efficiency and output. That may count for something if you make cars or semiconductor chips, but for the overwhelming majority of you, productivity doesn’t mean a damn thing.

If being creative matters to you, and it should, it might surprise you to know that you’re probably most innovative when you’re tired. I often have epiphanies when I’m half asleep, during an exhausting workout, or in the shower … not a weird shower, mind you, just a normal one. But that’s neither here nor there.

The thing is, we’re all different. And if you listen to your own body and instincts you’ll do fine. Unfortunately, most of you are much too busy binging on all sorts of online nonsense and distraction to pay any attention to what your body and your gut are telling you.

The great irony is, cavemen had all that figured out. They awoke with the sun, ate when there was food, and slept when they got tired. They somehow managed to accomplish all that with a brain about a third of the size of yours. And everything worked out fine … as long as they avoided those saber-toothed tigers.

Related: The Truth About ‘Fake It ‘Til You Make It’

You know, the only thing that distinguishes modern man from caveman is our highly evolved neocortex. Honestly folks, do you really think humans developed the capacity for complex reasoning so we can sit on our butts and ponder stuff that a caveman or even a frog does without even thinking? Of course not.

A great mind is a terrible thing to waste. So quit wasting yours. And quit wasting the precious time you have to build your career and business worrying about stupid nonsense like what time you get up, how you eat breakfast, your sleep habits, and what kind of showers you take.

Look, you’re supposed to be an entrepreneur, right? And that’s all about business, right? So what do you say we take a step back and look at this logically. When it comes to business, the only important time of day is the time you spend actually working. And the only habits that matter are your work habits.

by Steve Tobak.

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