On March 9, 2023, Tsinghua PBCSF Finance EMBA "Belt and Road" Program (BRI EMBA) ushered in the first course of the new semester. Nearly 50 students from all cohorts of the program came to campus from Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Japan and other places to gather in Beijing to cherish the friendship of their classmates who had been reunited after a long absence, and more than 100 students joined online remotely to start the new semester of study and life. Meng Xiaosi, former Vice Minister of the Ministry of Culture of China and former Vice President of the All-China Women's Federation, was invited to share on "Practical Improvement of Leadership and Communication Art" with the students.
Meng Xiaosi，former Vice Minister of the Ministry of Culture of China and former Vice President of the All-China Women's Federation
Ms. Meng Xiaosi has been in charge of international exchange and organization and personnel work for a long time, and has rich leadership experience and broad international vision. In 2005, she was awarded the French National Order of Merit Officer signed by President Chirac of France, and in 2006, he was awarded the Pushkin Medal, the highest level of Russian culture award.
"The word leadership is not a position, not a merit, not a chain of command, and not a dazzling grandeur. It is a practice of making people more human, making the organization more uplifting, making the society move forward, and making these changes happen more organically," Meng Xiaosi opened by quoting Yang Bin, vice president of Tsinghua University, explaining the nature of leadership.
After elaborating on the concepts and characteristics of leadership and the related theories of leadership, Prof. Meng Xiaosi said that the key to improving leadership lies in improving strategic thinking and personal charm. Among them, strategic thinking requires leaders to be far-sighted and aware of the general trend; able to draw simplicity out of complexity, and grasp the key elements that can lead out other links; but not to treat conventions as eternal patterns. Knowing people well and assigning them to proper duty, the leader acts like a master craftsman and sees no waste in people. For the improvement of personal charm, Madam Meng Xiaosi showed the students the importance of noble mindset and adversity quotient (AQ) for the students through a large number of examples of excellent leaders and managers.
In the sharing of "Eloquence and the Practice of Communication Art", Madam Meng Xiaosi vividly showed the students the art of communication in different situations through a good number of detailed diplomatic and foreign affairs circumstances, and highly condensed the cultivation method into five major points.
The financial EMBA "Belt and Road" (BRI EMBA) project is the first degree program related to the theme of "Belt and Road" initiated by the PBC School of Finance of Tsinghua University, integrating the professional authority of Tsinghua University's decades-long financial EMBA and the former Graduate School of People's Bank of China, relying on the foundation of Tsinghua PBCSF Finance EMBA’s years of teaching experience and the accumulation of more than 1,000 alumni, to create a learning and communication platform for entrepreneurs in China and countries along the "Belt and Road", and deepen the overall understanding of the Asian regional economy and national conditions of each country, foster people-to-people bonds, promote cross-border cooperation, and jointly explore new opportunities under the Belt and Road Initiative.
Since its inception in 2017, the program has attracted more than 200 industry leaders from 24 countries and regions, including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the United States, Canada, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Some students from Southeast Asian countries have won honorary titles such as Tan Sri, Datuk Sri, Dato and Tunku. Nearly 40% graduated from MIT, Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Oxford, Cambridge and other world-renowned universities.