It might be simpler to identify good leaders than to analyse what makes them tick.
This appears to be borne out by the lately printed coffee-table e-book, The Art Of Leadership: Perspectives From Distinguished Thought Leaders, which options chosen lectures given at Singapore Management University (SMU) by visiting world leaders.
Speaking on the sidelines of the e-book launch earlier this month, SMU president Arnoud De Meyer alludes to how management is extra of an artwork than a science.
“There is no unified theory about what leadership is. Perhaps each lecture is a case study,” says Professor De Meyer, 63, who co-edited the e-book with Mr Ho Kwon Ping, 65, the chairman of the board of trustees for SMU.
The e-book, printed by World Scientific, showcases speeches given over greater than 15 years, beneath the auspices of two lecture collection held at SMU: The Presidential Distinguished Lecturer Series and the Ho Rih Hwa Leadership In Asia Public Lecture Series.
It options leaders in politics, business and academia, together with Myanmar chief Aung San Suu Kyi, former United Nations chief Ban Ki Moon and former South African president F.W. de Klerk, who obtained the Nobel Peace Prize collectively with the late Nelson Mandela for peacefully dismantling apartheid of their nation.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is featured within the e-book, as is his father, former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew, who gave the primary Ho Rih Hwa lecture in 2002, which is called after Mr Ho’s father, a distinguished businessman and ambassador.
Even as universities are locations for the dialogue and a confluence of concepts, the e-book is a part of SMU’s “branding” as “a centre for thought leadership”, says Mr Ho, who can also be the founder and chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings, a worldwide chain of luxurious resorts.
Although the e-book examines eclectic concepts about management, some widespread themes emerge.
These embody issues about sustainability and local weather change, in addition to the necessity for “more collaborative” leaders, who have to persuade their followers to come on board with their concepts in an more and more networked world with impartial gamers reminiscent of nation states, multinational corporations and worldwide organisations, says Prof De Meyer.
He provides: “The old command and control, where the boss knows best, works less and less.”
Prof De Meyer says one other perception he gleaned from engaged on the e-book was that “to be a successful leader, you have to have a clear purpose and strong values”.
He acknowledges, nonetheless, that this notion can develop into ambiguous.
For occasion, he says, Ms Suu Kyi, who delivered a lecture at SMU in 2013, in all probability wouldn’t have anticipated how the present Rohingya disaster in Myanmar would have an effect on her standing.
Ms Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Laureate, has been criticised for failing to deal with the plight of greater than 650,000 Rohingya, who have fled to close by Bangladesh to flee a crackdown by the army in Myanmar.
“The Rohingya crisis is something that is not fully understood within Asean and SMU intends to take a role in trying to increase a better understanding of this whole crisis,” provides Mr Ho, declining to offer additional particulars.