Central Asians Thoughts on Leadership

It has been fun to coast while my Kazakh students did the writing about their grandparents this past month.  I have started a new job and had my vacation back home in the U.S. for Christmas Day and New Years holiday.  How great to be with my family and friends again even though for such a short time. There’s many challenges with my new position and namely I will be in an administrative position.  I look forward to making changes in this westernized institution while being mindful of the things I will learn from my Central Asian students.  The next following three days are what I have gleaned from Central Asian students about Leadership!!!  Always good to get their perspective!

Thomas Carlyle “the history of the world is but the biographies of great men.”

President Islam Karimov of Uzbek “Without the historical memory, there will not be a future.”

George Washington: “Observe good faith and justice toward all nations.  Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”

Pres. George Bush, Sr.  “A volunteer is a person who can see what others see, who can feel what most do not feel.  Often such gifted persons do not think of themselves as volunteers, but as citizens, citizens in the fullest sense, partners in civilization.”

Ronald Reagan “What I’d really like to do is go down in history as the president who made Americans believe in themselves again.”

Olympic motto:  Citus, Atus, Favtus = Faster, Higher, Stronger

Chinese philosopher – “The country regulated by correctness, the war conducted by ruse.”

Warren G. Bennis “Good leaders make people feel that they are at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization.  When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning.”

Great scholar Azim Premji claimed:  “One must have strategies to execute dreams.”

Alan Keith of Genentech states:  “Leadership is ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen.”

Richard Nixon: “People are persuaded by reason, but moved by emotion; the leader must both persuade them and move them.”

Zakhiriddin Muhammad Bobur “I knew about him from history books and novels which about his life.  He governed his government till his death.  One chilly winter day they came across to the river which covered with ice and troops scared to cross the river.  Because it may be break down if they cross out of it.  What can he do?  It’s very difficult situation to everybody they must cross out of it anyway they’ll die.  Bobur dives to the ice several times, soldiers shocked how he did it.  By this way he encouraged his soldiers mood and they crossed out of it.  Of this cold weather was very harmful for his health and after some years it gives its results and he dies.


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