"The Five Paradoxes of Leadership Development in Asia" condenses the findings from a recent, joint study by the Center for Creative Leadership and the Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI) about how to accelerate leadership development. They are presented in the context of Asian needs and, perhaps, Asian philosophy as a set of seeming contradictions.
Paradox #1: To achieve success, learn from failure
Paradox #2: To develop greatness, practice humility
Paradox #3: To foster learning, emphasize doing
Paradox #4: To accelerate development, slow down
Paradox #5: To excel at the task, harness relationships
The study interviewed key personnel from five "best practice" organizations in Singapore. "Too often, leadership is considered in isolation," says Dr. Mano Ramakrishnan, HCLI's head of research. "For this study, we accounted for the dynamics of a rising Asia; where economic growth has been relatively stable and sustained compared to the West, where regulatory uncertainty is part of business, and where rising incomes are rapidly changing the needs of consumers, companies and governments. It was against this backdrop that we distilled the best human capital practices."