Earlier this month a lunchtime assemblage of committed Asiaphiles (policy wonk division) convened to Tom Plate’s views on what makes leadership special and how Asia has sometimes benefited from exceptional leadership. Plate, who is a syndicated columnist and the Distinguished Scholar of Asian and Pacific Studies at Loyola Marymount University, drew on examples from the first three books in his bestselling ‘Giants of Asia’ series and discussed aspects of the forthcoming fourth volume: ‘Conversations with Ban Ki-moon.” That book is due out this fall. The talk took place at Asia Society Hong Kong’s extraordinary new headquarters building — a site well worth visiting when in Hong Kong. For a blessedly brief account of the presentation by Asia Media’s founder, go to: http://asiasociety.org/hong-kong/tom-plate-why-leadership-matters#3
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