How to rule the world like… Aung San Suu Kyi

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After decades of struggle and persecution, Nobel peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi’s democracy movement has triumphed over the military-backed ruling party in Myanmar. A hero of freedom, equality and human rights, this is what we can learn from her.

TURN NEGATIVES INTO POSITIVES

Aung San Suu Kyi, her family and her people have been constant victims of oppression and harassment. But she refused to become vengeful and bitter. Instead she stated that her treatment has made her more and more determined to dedicate her life peacefully ghting for the rights of her people and bringing freedom and democracy to Myanmar.

USE TIME WISELY

‘The Lady”, as she is fondly called in Myanmar, decided she could use her time under house arrest for self development and to strengthen her ability to be a great leader. Instead of becoming idle, she immersed herself in Buddhist meditation, exercise and academic study.

BE RESOLUTE

She returned to her country in 1988 after studying abroad, and as her nonviolent political movement gained momentum, the military junta placed her under house arrest. She was offered freedom if she left the country and never returned. This was not an option for Suu Kyi however; she refused and went on to spend a further 15 years con ned to her home.

MAKE SACRIFICES

Suu Kyi’s late husband Michael Aris, who was living in the UK, developed terminal prostate cancer while his wife was in Myanmar. Aris was denied a visa to come and stay with Suu Kyi, who was instead encouraged by the authorities to leave the country. She faced a stark choice, leave her mission and risk never being allowed back, or spend her husband’s last years separated

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