Leader Essay

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Simplicity is usually used as a term for a lifestyle that has gone in and out of fashion. But, simplicity is beyond a fad or a trend; it is a way of life – a philosophy and a way of looking at things that doesn’t follow trends of economic cycles.

Designing simplicity requires probing the core of complexity; doing away with the superfluous and the inefficient; clarifying, organizing, optimizing; and pruning the subject to its purest form to function effortlessly and beautifully while drawing forth meaning, metaphor and character.

Simplicity is one of the characters needed by a great leader. Effective leaders are the ones who, when faced with complexity, turn to simplicity. They are the ones who “lift the fog,” who clearly point out a
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Ho is well connected: her husband is Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, son of Singapore’s legendary elder statesman Lee Kuan Yew. But she has taken a strictly professional approach. Rather than prop up zombies, she has not been afraid to let operations fail.

Prior to serving at Temasek, Ho Ching was President and CEO of Singapore Technologies Group from 1997 to 2001. She married Lee Hsien Loong in 1985, at which time his father was serving as Singapore’s Prime Minister.

As a first lady and the top 10 most powerful women according to Forbes, she has every right to wear the most expensive or glamorous suit, yet Ho Ching keeps the simplicity in her daily fashion outfit. A director of Temasek’s sister company said that it doesn’t matter with her fashion style as long as she firmly and carefully provides guidance in controlling the business.

Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. Can’t agree more that, Madam Ho reflects the quote very well.

In Indonesia, the word simplicity is close to DKI Jakarta’s governor Joko Widodo. He’s famous for his sincerity, humility, honesty, and ability to engage people. He is a representation of a new generation of Indonesian leaders who long to break from the past “sin” of corruption, collusion and nepotism in Indonesia.

When he was a mayor of Solo, he donated all his salary to

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