DHARAMSHALA: “When an ordinary person achieves an extraordinary thing, that is when a leader is born”, Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay said yesterday, stirring excitement and hope among the participants of a leadership training for students.
Over 95 Tibetan college students from 35 colleges and Universities across India and Nepal were attending the training, organised by the education department of the Central Tibetan Administration.
Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay interacted with the students for over two hours speaking about the key elements of good leadership through a power-point presentation.
Sikyong highlighted the types of leadership and the essential characteristics of a good leader. He said that a leader doesn’t only lead people but also sits back and coordinates the work. He outlined the core traits of leadership characteristics as empathy and a blend of 4C’s; Compassion, Courage, Conviction and Curiosity.
Shifting the focus from the leadership quality, Sikyong talked about public narrative. He passionately engaged the young students,extolling the importance of narrative in describing the issue of Tibet to the world.
“To convince public and make their heart move, we must identify our audience and then talk in such a way that would connect the public and inform them about the urgency and come up with a solution,” he said, speaking about the I, We, Urgency and Action formula.
During the question and answer session, Sikyong was asked to name a few inspirational leaders. Sikyong mentioned His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela among his favorites.