Creativity, intelligence, dependability, and calmness are qualities associated with the Goat. They are also good leadership qualities as each trait contributes to a leader’s problem-solving capacity, particularly during turbulent times.

This Harvard Business Review article (“How A Good Leader Reacts To A Crisis”) is an excellent primer on crisis leadership, while Tun Dr. Mahathir’s closing keynote speech “Leadership in Times of Crisis” at our CEO Forum last year (here are the transcript and video) will give some pointers on developing your own problem-solving skills.

In Tun Dr. Mahathir’s words, “A person who leads must accept that he has no monopoly on wisdom. He needs people around him to inform him of the real situation and he must check on the information given because sometimes the information is not necessarily good for the leader but good for the informant. You must find out if the information is true or an attempt to seek endorsement. Listen to a lot of people and read a lot. Maybe there is some intuition involved, but mostly it is because of the careful weighing of facts in a situation.”
Read the full speech here for more insights plus a glimpse into the Doctor’s mind.

Apart from these resources, our Perdana Library is also chock-full of leadership and management periodicals like the Harvard Business Review, The Economist, and Forbes, books and articles. Here’s how you can become a member– Membership is free and all members get the chance to use our physical facilities in Putrajaya, access our vast digital repository as well as take advantage ofmember discounts for our programmes and merchandise.

Gong Xi Fa Cai. Wishing our Chinese friends a Happy and Prosperous Year of The Goat and everyone else happy holidays. Here’s to a fulfilling and productive year for us all.