One of my greatest leaders is Lee Kuan Yew. He is commonly referred to as the father of modern Singapore because of how he transformed it from a third world to one of the wealthiest countries, in just one generation. What is more inspiring about his leadership skills, is that he changed his minerals deficient nation at a time having volatile ethnic clashes [1]. Therefore, the rapid rise of the country from poverty to wealth was mainly due to his excellent stewardship.
Lee’s main traits, which enabled him to establish sound governance in Singapore, are being a team player, capacity to make rational decisions, compassion for the public, and ability to exercise authority. A combination of these attributes coupled with a supportive electorate enabled the country to create employment for most of its youth and increase its wealth. The leadership compass style below shows the distribution of Lee’s characters.
CHART 1
Leadership Compass
People-focused                   Decisive
Team player                                                                                                          Authoritarian

 
 
 
 
 
 
Submissive                                                                                          Non-collaborative
Indecisive                 Task-focused
 
 
Team Player
Lee’s success was due to his ability to work with competent teams. He believed in the importance of having experienced individuals who could efficiently administer various government’s departments [3]. He usually relied on the advice given to him by this personnel to establish different policies for the state. Therefore, his overall ability to marshal up a great group of ministers and departmental heads enabled his country to focus on transforming the lives of its citizens.
Authoritarian
Singapore’s growth from an impoverished third world nation to one of the wealthiest is also due to Lee’s controlling nature. Lee’s government was forceful and introduced some unpopular, but beneficial policies to the country [2]. These included rules such as mandatory requirement to contribute to the government’s housing project [3]. Although these regulations were initially unpopular, they enabled the state to provide affordable houses to almost all of its citizens. Furthermore, this character helped him to avoid cumbersome and time-consuming lobbying processes that would have made the country miss-out on various opportunities and development goals.
People-Focused
Although regarded as been controlling, Lee was also caring and people-focused. In fact, despite some of his policies being dictatorial, they were aimed at improving the quality of life of ordinary Singaporeans. For example, he waged war against racial segregation in the country by abolishing Chinese-only schools and secret societies [1]. This action enabled Singapore to become a peaceful multi-racial society. Similarly, the policy of forced saving allowed the nation to provide affordable accommodation to all its citizens [3]. In this regard, Lee was concerned about the welfare of Singaporeans.
Decisiveness
Finally, Lee’s decision-making skills are what makes him one of the greatest leaders in the world. In particular, he was proactive and made numerous decisions which enabled his country to excel. For example, in 1965, he merged Singapore with Malaysia to avoid a possible invasion from communist nations [2]. On the same vein, he also decided to abandon the union when he realized it would lead to civil strife. Accordingly, his ability to make timely and essential decisions enabled his country to remain peaceful during his tenure.
Lee’s character traits show that a leader must love his/her followers for him/her to have a positive and sustainable impact on them. For example, he did not use dictatorial rules to benefit himself; instead, these regulations aimed at simplifying his tasks and enabling him to have the most significant impact on his followers. Additionally, his ability to work with teams and to consult shows that all people with governance roles should be ready to seek advice from competent individuals so that they may make sound decisions. Finally, they must be decisive and be prepared to take responsibility for their actions.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
References
[1]. A. Josey. Lee Kuan Yew: The crucial years. Singapore: Markono Print, 2013.
[2]. H. Kwang, W. Fernandez, and S. Tan. Lee Kuan Yew: The man and his Ideas. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, 2015.
[3]. L. Yew. The Singapore story. Toa Payoh North, Singapore: Straits Press, 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Works Cited
 
 
LEE KUAN YEW LEADERSHIP
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Student’s Name
Institution Affiliation
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
One of my greatest leaders is Lee Kuan Yew. He is commonly referred to as the father of modern Singapore because of how he transformed it from a third world to one of the wealthiest countries, in just one generation. What is more inspiring about his leadership skills, is that he changed his minerals deficient nation at a time having volatile ethnic clashes [1]. Therefore, the rapid rise of the country from poverty to wealth was mainly due to his excellent stewardship.
Lee’s main traits, which enabled him to establish sound governance in Singapore, are being a team player, capacity to make rational decisions, compassion for the public, and ability to exercise authority. A combination of these attributes coupled with a supportive electorate enabled the country to create employment for most of its youth and increase its wealth. The leadership compass style below shows the distribution of Lee’s characters.
CHART 1
Leadership Compass
People-focused                   Decisive
Team player                                                                                                          Authoritarian

 
 
 
 
 
 
Submissive                                                                                          Non-collaborative
Indecisive                 Task-focused
 
 
Team Player
Lee’s success was due to his ability to work with competent teams. He believed in the importance of having experienced individuals who could efficiently administer various government’s departments [3]. He usually relied on the advice given to him by this personnel to establish different policies for the state. Therefore, his overall ability to marshal up a great group of ministers and departmental heads enabled his country to focus on transforming the lives of its citizens.
Authoritarian
Singapore’s growth from an impoverished third world nation to one of the wealthiest is also due to Lee’s controlling nature. Lee’s government was forceful and introduced some unpopular, but beneficial policies to the country [2]. These included rules such as mandatory requirement to contribute to the government’s housing project [3]. Although these regulations were initially unpopular, they enabled the state to provide affordable houses to almost all of its citizens. Furthermore, this character helped him to avoid cumbersome and time-consuming lobbying processes that would have made the country miss-out on various opportunities and development goals.
People-Focused
Although regarded as been controlling, Lee was also caring and people-focused. In fact, despite some of his policies being dictatorial, they were aimed at improving the quality of life of ordinary Singaporeans. For example, he waged war against racial segregation in the country by abolishing Chinese-only schools and secret societies [1]. This action enabled Singapore to become a peaceful multi-racial society. Similarly, the policy of forced saving allowed the nation to provide affordable accommodation to all its citizens [3]. In this regard, Lee was concerned about the welfare of Singaporeans.
Decisiveness
Finally, Lee’s decision-making skills are what makes him one of the greatest leaders in the world. In particular, he was proactive and made numerous decisions which enabled his country to excel. For example, in 1965, he merged Singapore with Malaysia to avoid a possible invasion from communist nations [2]. On the same vein, he also decided to abandon the union when he realized it would lead to civil strife. Accordingly, his ability to make timely and essential decisions enabled his country to remain peaceful during his tenure.
Lee’s character traits show that a leader must love his/her followers for him/her to have a positive and sustainable impact on them. For example, he did not use dictatorial rules to benefit himself; instead, these regulations aimed at simplifying his tasks and enabling him to have the most significant impact on his followers. Additionally, his ability to work with teams and to consult shows that all people with governance roles should be ready to seek advice from competent individuals so that they may make sound decisions. Finally, they must be decisive and be prepared to take responsibility for their actions.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
References
[1]. A. Josey. Lee Kuan Yew: The crucial years. Singapore: Markono Print, 2013.
[2]. H. Kwang, W. Fernandez, and S. Tan. Lee Kuan Yew: The man and his Ideas. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, 2015.
[3]. L. Yew. The Singapore story. Toa Payoh North, Singapore: Straits Press, 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Works Cited
 
 
LEE KUAN YEW LEADERSHIP
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Student’s Name
Institution Affiliation
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
One of my greatest leaders is Lee Kuan Yew. He is commonly referred to as the father of modern Singapore because of how he transformed it from a third world to one of the wealthiest countries, in just one generation. What is more inspiring about his leadership skills, is that he changed his minerals deficient nation at a time having volatile ethnic clashes [1]. Therefore, the rapid rise of the country from poverty to wealth was mainly due to his excellent stewardship.
Lee’s main traits, which enabled him to establish sound governance in Singapore, are being a team player, capacity to make rational decisions, compassion for the public, and ability to exercise authority. A combination of these attributes coupled with a supportive electorate enabled the country to create employment for most of its youth and increase its wealth. The leadership compass style below shows the distribution of Lee’s characters.
CHART 1
Leadership Compass
People-focused                   Decisive
Team player                                                                                                          Authoritarian

 
 
 
 
 
 
Submissive                                                                                          Non-collaborative
Indecisive                 Task-focused
 
 
Team Player
Lee’s success was due to his ability to work with competent teams. He believed in the importance of having experienced individuals who could efficiently administer various government’s departments [3]. He usually relied on the advice given to him by this personnel to establish different policies for the state. Therefore, his overall ability to marshal up a great group of ministers and departmental heads enabled his country to focus on transforming the lives of its citizens.
Authoritarian
Singapore’s growth from an impoverished third world nation to one of the wealthiest is also due to Lee’s controlling nature. Lee’s government was forceful and introduced some unpopular, but beneficial policies to the country [2]. These included rules such as mandatory requirement to contribute to the government’s housing project [3]. Although these regulations were initially unpopular, they enabled the state to provide affordable houses to almost all of its citizens. Furthermore, this character helped him to avoid cumbersome and time-consuming lobbying processes that would have made the country miss-out on various opportunities and development goals.
People-Focused
Although regarded as been controlling, Lee was also caring and people-focused. In fact, despite some of his policies being dictatorial, they were aimed at improving the quality of life of ordinary Singaporeans. For example, he waged war against racial segregation in the country by abolishing Chinese-only schools and secret societies [1]. This action enabled Singapore to become a peaceful multi-racial society. Similarly, the policy of forced saving allowed the nation to provide affordable accommodation to all its citizens [3]. In this regard, Lee was concerned about the welfare of Singaporeans.
Decisiveness
Finally, Lee’s decision-making skills are what makes him one of the greatest leaders in the world. In particular, he was proactive and made numerous decisions which enabled his country to excel. For example, in 1965, he merged Singapore with Malaysia to avoid a possible invasion from communist nations [2]. On the same vein, he also decided to abandon the union when he realized it would lead to civil strife. Accordingly, his ability to make timely and essential decisions enabled his country to remain peaceful during his tenure.
Lee’s character traits show that a leader must love his/her followers for him/her to have a positive and sustainable impact on them. For example, he did not use dictatorial rules to benefit himself; instead, these regulations aimed at simplifying his tasks and enabling him to have the most significant impact on his followers. Additionally, his ability to work with teams and to consult shows that all people with governance roles should be ready to seek advice from competent individuals so that they may make sound decisions. Finally, they must be decisive and be prepared to take responsibility for their actions.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
References
[1]. A. Josey. Lee Kuan Yew: The crucial years. Singapore: Markono Print, 2013.
[2]. H. Kwang, W. Fernandez, and S. Tan. Lee Kuan Yew: The man and his Ideas. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish, 2015.
[3]. L. Yew. The Singapore story. Toa Payoh North, Singapore: Straits Press, 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Works Cited