Seelan Singham, Chairman of McKinsey Malaysia
I recently had the opportunity to attend a talk by Seelan Singham – Chairman of Mckinsey & Company Malaysia, organised by the Perdana Fellows Alumni Association. Set in a company meeting room at McKinsey’s office on a Saturday morning, Seelan took the opportunity to inspire the room with 5 succinct lessons on leadership he has learned throughout his career.
- If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not big enough
Additionally it is important to have the right dream that stretches you in the right direction
- Tackle stretch opportunities with discipline
Dreams come true with hard work and great discipline
- Pursue caring mentors and partners
Be open to other people knowing you better than yourself
- Give to the other
Your relationships with others is important (it helps you live longer) – nurture it
- Mental renewal and resilience
Stretch your mind often – Meet different people; Do things outside your comfort zone
I was deeply inspired and felt truly connected to his advice because I felt they were great pointers for anyone’s personal development and growth, beyond career progression and applicable throughout all stages of a person’s personal and professional journey. As a young analyst with many goals and who has received varying advice on leadership, these points help put into perspective the traits of what makes a quality leader – ambitious, hardworking, empathetic, selfless and resilient.