At the latest Leadership Dialogue Series (LDS) Mr Hsieh Tsun-yan, Founder and Lead Counsellor of Linhart Group, shared his thoughts about how everyone can be a leader, to do well and to do good.
NUS BBA Year 2 Tan Jun Wei, a double degree student with Chemical Engineering, had one main takeaway after the talk “Everyone is a leader: doing well, doing good” – that life itself is a leadership school. Jun Wei shares more about the session.
Mr Hsieh Tsun-yan’s views on leadership were strongly influenced by his experiences in studying at Harvard Business School and his early days of working at McKinsey & Company. He believes that under the right circumstances, anyone can be a leader, drawing an example of Winston Churchill to make his point. He also emphasised the importance of doing good, which involves acting in ways that is beneficial to all instead of merely trying to do well. Yet, the two are not mutually exclusive, as he explained using the example of Panera Bread, which branched off Panera Cares, a restaurant that utilises a “Pay with you can” concept.
BBA Year 2 Tan Jun Wei, a double degree student with Chemical Engineering, had one main takeaway after the talk, that life itself is a leadership school.
Mr Hsieh proposed that there are four main aspects of life that teaches lessons about leadership, whether we know it or not. They are parenting, life partners, community service, and the workplace.
Personally, I really agree wholeheartedly with Mr Hsieh’s words. I always thought that leadership was about one’s upbringing, environment, and influences throughout the course of one’s life. The talk reinforced my views on leadership, and I also took away good advice on how to be an effective leader in the business world.
Overall, it was a truly insightful talk filled with relevant real-life examples, as well as personal anecdotes from the speaker. The session concluded with a Q&A session moderated by our NUS Business School’s Department of Management & Organisation’s Associate Professor Daniel McAllister.
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