Be the Leader You Wish to Follow

Strategy and Development | Insight | Published 31. Aug. 16

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Core leadership competencies like perspective and integrity don’t really change over time. They’re like a sturdy tree with deep roots from which best practices arise. Albert Koay, Director of IT at Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad and Lars Sander Matjeka, Head of Business Development at DG Media share their thoughts on leadership.

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No Such Thing as Failure, Just Room for Improvement

The Oxford Dictionaries define failure as “The action or state of not functioning.” Albert Koay, Director of IT at Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad translates it as, “These are not the things you should be doing in that fashion, matter, or process. That you should find other ways of doing it.” In the fast-paced world of IT, where a lot of things are learned by trial and error, Koay says, “I have a very simple way of overcoming ‘failure,’ and it’s by learning from other IoT users.” With so many people to collaborate with and a great playing field, you’ll get by with a little help from your friends, “I can use your experience and you can use mine, and together we can overcome what people call ‘failure.’” When something is broken or not functioning, Koay’s advice is to, “Use your knowledge, common sense, and friends in IoT.”

Model Integrity to Build Trust

Intuitively, people follow a leader that takes responsibility for their actions and tells the truth — at all times. Merriam-Webster defines integrity as, “Firm adherence to a code of especially moral or altruistic values.” Lars Sander Matjeka, Head of Business Development at DG Media, has a clear set of personal and leadership values that he religiously follow to ensure that he’s the same person at work and at home. Asked how he creates trust as a leader, Matjeka said, “I walk the talk, which sounds really simple, but it’s not. I see a lot of leaders who don’t do as they say, but I try to be as true as possible to what I’m preaching.” Matjeka also values transparency, “I let my people know what I can and can’t solve.”


The interviews were conducted at our ASEAN StrategyForum Internet of Things on the 10th of March 2016 in Singapore and IndustryForum Retail event on the 8th of March 2016 in Norway. For more on our upcoming events, visit the Event Calendar »


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