What leadership can teach Russia as it angles for Asia

Asian cultural understanding is more important than ever for Russia’s continued growth in the region.

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin embrace at the Helsinki Summit in July. Image courtesy of the Kremlin.

One needs to look no further than the infamous meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki earlier this year to witness differing approaches to leadership in real-time.

Calm and collected behavior from one leader – compared to reactionary and off-the-cuff from the other– made the curious meeting of two of the world’s powers all the more so.

And yet, despite their temperamental and ideological differences, relations between the two archrivals seemed to defrost in the aftermath. Such an unlikely development in geopolitics begs the question: is it time to reevaluate decision-making styles in international politics?

This is what Horasis Asia Meeting is determined to find out. The two-day bilateral conference, to be hosted in Vietnam later this month, is set to host an in-depth panel discussion on dealing with globalisation and the differing nations – and management styles – it draws together.

How easy is it to understand the other person’s fundamental mind-set of achievement, affiliation and power? What solutions may increase Asia’s enduring performance? These are all questions of importance to Russia, whose economy increasingly relies on business and bilateral deals with their continental neighbours.

In recent years, Russia has grown its ties with China, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam. In fact, President Putin will for the first time attend the East Asia Summit, to be held in Singapore on Thursday, as he looks to strengthen ties with Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia, for its part, broadly welcomes economic and military cooperation with Russia, the Nikkei Asian Review reports.

This diverse mix of economic and political relationships makes cultural understanding more important than ever for Russia’s continued growth – and a topic Horasis Asia Meeting is set to dive into with a strong line-up of international commentators.

Leading the Russian point-of-view is Mikhail Treyvish, the President of Russian company Omnigrade Universal Crowdsourcing Agency. He will be joined on the panel by V-Cube chief executive officer Naoaki Mashita, of Japan, Saigon Innovation Hub chairperson Phi Van Nguyen, of Vietnam, Country Head of Security Rosauro Angelo Rodriguez, of The Philippines, and Sigmaxyz Inc director Ritsu Saito, of Japan.

The discussion will be chaired by AIT School of Management Dean Lawrence Abeln, of Thailand. The panel event forms part of the annual Horasis Asia Meeting, one of the world’s foremost discussion forums, offering an ideal platform to explore and foster cooperation across Asia. This year’s event will be held in Binh Duong New City, Vietnam, from November 25 to 26.

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