Why we do what we do?
Roshan Thiran, CEO – “Almost ten years before we set up Leaderonomics, I had a burning question that plagued me – why do certain communities thrive whilst others languish in poverty and despair? I decided to explore the question with a series of experiments. What began as a small project resulted in a profound insight. It became clear that everything rises and falls on leadership. It was easy to go into a poor community and give them funds and help them with the issues they faced today. But that would be temporal relief. What these communities needed were leaders who could help them transform themselves.
Leadership was a key missing element in all these communities but there was no means to bring leadership development to these communities. My experiments also highlighted that leadership is not genetic but a learnt process, and that this process began usually in a person’s childhood and school years. So how could we go into the most rural of places in the developing world and provide experiential leadership development? Hui Ming and I, together with a few others, pondered this issue for months and we knew we had to dedicate our lives to this vision of reaching out to transform developing nations through leadership development. We knew if we helped grow one person into a leader, he or she would then be able to transform their community and if we kept repeating this over and over, nations will be transformed. And thus the vision of Leaderonomics began.
Ang Hui Ming, COO & CFO – “When Roshan shared his insights on how critical leadership education was and how scarce it was in the developing world especially in rural schools and villages, we all knew that this was a calling worth investing our lives for. We are called to leave a positive legacy on this world, and what could be more important than enabling people to fulfil their potential. Many social enterprises give shoes, funding or food to the poor but those never solve the root of the issues in these challenged communities. But this vision at Leaderonomics was about going to the heart of the problem and fixing the root causes.
But there were obstacles in the way. How could we afford to bring this education to the masses, especially the challenged communities? We knew we did not want to set up an NGO but rather a model of leadership which could be replicated in all developing countries. And so we set up a social enterprise offering learning and corporate services to businesses all over the world, where all our talents and skills could be fully utilised and monetised. Then we take the funds generated from these services to be directly invested into community programmes for youth, university students and to help NGO and community leaders fulfill their calling as leaders.
We set up Leaderonomics, a unique social enterprise that funds its community programme through world-class leadership development programmes for corporates. Every morning I jump out of bed knowing that we are changing the world, one person at a time. And we want as many people as possible to partner with us on this exciting journey.”
Leaderonomics as a social enterprise
Social Enterprise UK defines a “social enterprise” as “a business driven by social and/or environmental purpose. They are trading organisations (their main income streams are revenues for goods and services provided, not grants or donations). Successful social enterprises generate surpluses or profits which are reinvested towards achieving their social mission. Their assets are often locked for community purpose.”
Leaderonomics is a social enterprise with a clear social mission. We are business driven by the social purpose of transforming nations through leadership development. Why leadership? We believe that leaders can profoundly affect the social, economic and spiritual health of the individuals and communities that they influence. We see the capacity, values and role models of leaders having deep implications on the prosperity of those around them.
We subscribe to a leadership where leaders love people. We hope to see the end of “hate-based” or “fear-based” leadership, and we continue to work hard to transform the hearts and minds of leaders, one at a time, inspiring and equipping them to effect positive change on the communities they lead.