Tue 28 Dec 2010
Filed under: Opinion,Other
Aung San Suu Kyi has spent 15 of the past 21 years under arrest for her support of democracy in Burma – and yet she has managed to serve as an inspiration for millions of people around the world.
Suu Kyi helped found and lead the National League of Democracy, a political party that faced – and continues to face – steep odds in its fight to attain freedom and democracy for the citizens of Burma. Despite intimidation, retribution (including an attack on her life) and suppression, Suu Kyi remained undeterred in pursuing her ambitious vision for what Burma could become.
We often hear about the traits of great leaders – the ability to inspire and rally others around a clear vision or cause, being externally focused and inclusive – yet it’s not until you see the courage and commitment of someone like Suu Kyi that you truly understand what leadership means, and the impact that great leadership can have….
Susan Peters is vice presi-dent of executive develop-ment and chief learning officer at General Electric.