MARCH 14, 2002
Leaders of the future
should they be like?
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and marriage age
Zubaidah Nazeer and Sarah Ng
DEDICATION, initiative and passion, sincerity and the desire to place society
These are the traits good leaders should have,
said four undergraduates selected out of 700 to represent Singapore at the fifth
Hitachi Yong Leaders Initiative (HYLI) yesterday.
realising it, the four had echoes the same points also made yesterday by
Environment Minister Lim Swee Say who addressed 135 secondary four students at a
leadership seminar held at the National University of Singapore.
Mr Lim said: "The first step towards leadership is learning to serve with a
purpose... it is not about creating success and deriving satisfaction for
"Good leadership is about what you do for your
community and country, and that with a sense of passion."
should also be an agent of change.
"Secondly, a good leader
cannot be someone who follows the wind... he must be able to look beyond trends
and initiate changes," Mr Lim added.
And the coincidence went
beyond opinion. The four undergraduates - Rita Zamzamah Mohd Nazeer,
Mervyn Sek, Mustafa Izzudin and Gerald Goh - were identified as
potential future leaders based on their active community service involvement and
Rita, 22, a third-year National
Institute of Education undergraduate, said: "As a leader, you must be drivem by
a strong sense of of social responsibility and passion for doing what you do,
not merely doing it for the sake of meeting personal targets."
The teacher-to-be participated in SPCA and Singapore Children's Society
activities and strongly believes in promoting environmental awareness.
Active involvement is NUS honours-year economics undergraduate Mervyn's calling
Said the 23-year-old: "The mark of a good leader is in
stepping forward to use your skills for the benefit of all. Society gains and
you will in turn earn the respect you deserve."
know - he hold more than 40 leadership positions in 10 student organisations.
First-year NUS political science undergraduate Mustafa, 22, believes a leader
needs "vision" and should be "able to bring people form diverse backgrounds
together to achieve that common goal".
Mustafa is honing these
skills as a Mendaki Club executive committee member. He also helps out at the
Malay Youth Literary Association.
Gerald, 23, a second-year
finance undergraduate in the Singapore Management University, feels that a
leader needs a "can-do" spirit which seeks opportunity for the betterment of
Gerald, who wants to be a banker, hopes to be as
creative as Jerry Yang, the founder of Yahoo!
The four will
join 20 undergraduates from Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and
Japan during the five-day Hitachi-sponsored forum to be held her on July 29.
They will exchange ideas on how to cultivate entrepreneurial spirit, corporate
social responsibility and discuss the role of the media in Asia.
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