016: Lessons From The Leader’s Leader | Graham Allison & Robert D. Blackwill | Lee Kuan Yew – The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World

By Maya Mathias | Statesmen

Mr Lee went through the crucible of struggle to forge a nation. And we all get to feast on his vision.

 As a global citizen, I don’t often wax lyrical about my homeland of Singapore.

All that changed when our first post-colonial Prime Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew died on March 23 2015. He was 91.

Suddenly, I had a swirl of emotions, of pride, of nationalism, and of sorrow over the passing of a great man.

I had to pen my emotions, to make sense somehow of all the reasons why I was mourning his passing the same way I would a family member.

My heartfelt tribute was picked up by The Huffington Post, Singapore’s largest English language daily The Straits Times, and will soon be reproduced in a French think tank magazine.
It’s a blessing, and an honor, to share my thoughts about Mr Lee with an international audience.
And so when I was inspired to feature a book about him for this podcast, I wanted to pay tribute to his brilliant mind and undeniable leadership.
His timeless insights and lessons apply just as much to our businesses and companies as they did to building a nation.
To me, globalization means that companies are now the new countries, spanning continents with what they sell, who they sell it to and who they need to influence and negotiate with in order to stay relevant and profitable.
I hope you enjoy this adventure into the mind of Mr Lee, and that you will emerge with a deeper understanding of this interconnected world that we all live in…and how to be the best possible leader for the unprecedented challenges that we face.



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About the Author

Maya Mathias helps her clients lead with the strategic mind of a scientist, the resilient heart of a warrior and the inventive soul of an artist. Read more about Maya here.