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Ayala Corporation Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala recently addressed the 2016 graduating class of the University of Nueva Caceres in Naga. In his commencement speech, he shared his insights on leadership. Some excerpts:
On the importance of building relationships: “No leader can do it alone. As you move up and take on bigger responsibilities, you will realize that achieving anything involves more than just your talent. The cooperation and support from others . . . will play a critical role to your success. In this interconnected world, it is imperative that you make the most of opportunities to build friendships, mentorships, and a network of people you can count on because they will be important to you later on as you mature, as you engage, and as you pursue your own growth paths.”
On the importance of vision and commitment: “We place high importance on a leader’s ability to have a vision for the future and the will to make things happen. The ability to paint an uplifting picture of the future is what distinguishes leaders from managers. Vision is about possibilities, about desired futures, about changing the world into what it should be.”
On how leadership can be learned: “When leadership is viewed as a non-learnable set of character traits or as equivalent to a much-admired position, we tend to fall for the misconception that leadership is not for everyone. I believe that it is far healthier and more productive for us to start with the assumption that leadership can be learned and it is possible for everyone to lead. Leadership, in my view, can be exercised in school, the church, or the community, in the same way that it can be displayed in the exalted halls of government and corporations. I believe that dynamic societies are those where individuals bring out the best in others. . . “
Ayala started investing in education in 2012 and acquired a 60% stake in UNC, one of the leading universities in the Bicol region, in 2015.
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