Dr Mahathir Coaches Student Leaders on Leadership

SHAH ALAM, Aug 2 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today literally gave a lesson on leadership to a gathering of student leaders from around the world.

Addressing over 1,000 international student leaders at a symposium here, he resembled a teacher guiding students one step at a time through a course.

“Firstly, a leader must have integrity and honesty as, without them, the leader will be corrupt and untrustworthy.

“Next, the leader must be willing to work hard and to have pride in their work. Apart from that, a leader must have the hunger for knowledge and be aware of the changes around him, he said.

The young audience at the 10th University Scholars Leadership Symposium 2019 which the 94-year-old Dr Mahathir opened at the Setia City Convention Centre (SCCC) was indeed captivated.

Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik and secretary-general of Humanitarian Affairs Asia Kim Solomon were also present at the event.

Dr Mahathir said that to become real leaders, “we need to ensure that we stick to the noble values while keeping up to date with the changes that are affecting us.

“Indeed, being a good leader is not only about being intelligent but one who needs to know and to have the ability to differentiate between right and wrong, good and evil.”

The Prime Minister said that everyone is a leader at some point in time in their lives.

“One is a leader if one has younger brothers and sisters; one is a leader if one is a club president or the captain of a football team. And when we start working, of course, we will start at the very bottom and have many seniors to report to, but we will eventually climb the employment ladder and end up as leaders.


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