Editor’s Note – Leadership

From the Editor

Shaun Hoon

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri
Maaf Zahir dan Batin!

This is the first issue of Inspire magazine that features a non-Bruneian on the cover, Mr Robert Kiyosaki, who is the renowned author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad. You might be wondering what does Rich Dad have to do with leadership? More importantly,what relevance does Kiyosaki’s advice have for Brunei? We contend: Everything! Read page 42 to find out more.

Beyond Kiyosaki, we have solicited a number of interviews and features from across the Asia Pacific region in the hope of providing you with a broader perspective on the subject of leadership.

Read the views of two outstanding women in Asia: the youngest board member of the World Economic Forum, Kathy Gong of Beijing (on the virtue of Resiliency); and the Director of Asia’s Institute for Societal Leadership, Dr Lim Lai Cheng (on the Unique Traits of Asian Leaders). We also have insightful dialogues with the first member of Singapore’s expedition team to conquer Mount Everest, Mr David Lim (on Mindset and Teamwork); and the two time winner of the Business Leadership Award of Malaysia, Dato Abdul Razak bin Abd Ghani (on Thinking Big).

As a Bruneian, we have never been more grateful and proud of the many leaders who have helped pave the road to the future. Dato Alimin Wahab’s story on pg 26 teaches us about the almost forgotten virtue of humility in the “Brand-You” generation, and why accountability trumps passion. Dawn Lee pg 36 and Hj Alimen Jaafar pg 34 are two grass roots leaders whose heroic everyday contributions are making significant changes to the community. You will also meet two outstanding young leaders who are recognised on the world stage, Soon Loo who in 2013 received the award for the ‘Ten Outstanding Young Persons Of The World’ (TOYP) and Khairunnisa Ash’ari – Brunei’s first recipient of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

While you marvel at the success stories of the people featured in these pages – learn and draw inspiration from them. However, we want to remind you that you will not become a better leader unless you make a conscious effort to take action and begin by leading yourself.

In my WhatsApp interview with Soon Loo, I asked him why are great leaders so hard to come by? Soon answered: “Simply because great leaders take on great responsibilities which very few of us are willing to take on…” He added “and it is usually a thankless job.”

It seems that if we ever want to become great leaders, the first question we need to ask ourselves is: am I willing to take on responsibilities that few are willing to take on, even if there is
no recognition?

This article was published in the Jul-Sept 2015 issue of Inspire Magazine. Download it here!