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   As I wrote earlier, I had an incredible experience of connecting with people in Bhutan through the Competitiveness course and the book written by Dr. Mieko Nishimizu.  I had a great honor to have received a book, Portrait of a Leader-Through the Looking-Glass of His Majesty’s Decrees, written in English by Dr. Nishimizu.  I read some sections (not all yet), and have been very impressed with the  leadership displayed by His Majesty, the King Jigme Singye Wangchuck of Bhutan. 

   As I wrote earlier, I found the book in Japanese by Dr. Nishimizu very  inspiring in that it is a collection of stories  she experienced as Vice President of World Bank in the field of Asian countries.  I was particularly impressed with the power of these stories as they are  based upon the actual experiences in the field.

  What impressed me about both books is her idea that everybody has the leadership potential.  I had thought that people are either born with leadership or not, and that it would be very difficult to develop leadership if the person does not have the potential in the first place.  Her powerful stories have changed my mind as they are very real.  I have come to believe that anybody does have a leadership potential and it needs to be given the opportunity to flourish. 

  One another thing that impressed me about both books is the time leaders leave.  She writes, “It is rare to see a leader who knows when to leave. It is even rarer to see a leader who acts, and acts decisively, on that knowledge.  And it is near impossible to find a leader who leaves well.”   I completely agree with this view, as I have seen so many leaders who stayed on too long, only to hurt (not sure whether this is the right word to use)  what they had accomplished.

  The fact that His MajestyJigme Singye Wangchuck, Druk Gyalpo IV, stepped down and the fact that Dr. Nishimizu left the position at World Bank made such a strong impact on me.  I now know what Dr. Nishimizu meant.

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