Aung San Suu Kyi: Mindset in Leadership

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is a role model, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, an acclaimed author, an opposition party leader, and now a parliamentarian.

Myanmar had its general elections in November 2010 and consequently, the world saw a peaceful transition from 60 years of military rule to a quasi-civilian government headed by President Thein Sein. Since then, the government has initiated a series of political and economic reforms including the parliamentary by-elections in 2012. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her party won 43 of the 44 seats which they contested for in that by-elections and gained representation in parliament – marking the beginning of a new era in Myanmar. The pro-democracy champion has been working almost non-stop to try to improve things and reinvigorate hopes of the people in the country ever since.

In the most recent times, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has highlighted job creation as a top priority and she believes that foreign investment is the key to creating jobs. She has also publicly announced her desire to run for Presidency in 2015. This envisioned move, however, requires a shift of leadership mindset and rule of law in the country.

What defines leadership and what are the key attributes of leadership? How can leaders move the needle? Most importantly, how does one build the right mindset that will lead to successful leadership?

On 22 September 2013, Singapore Management University’s Ho Rih Hwa Leadership in Asia Public Lecture Series is proud to present Daw Aung San Suu Kyi as its sixth distinguished speaker. She will share her views on how leadership mindsets and styles set the tone for transformational change and why it is critical to do so in today’s fast-changing world.


political leadership, leadership mindset


Political Science






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