On the 25th and 26th of March, WOBI – World of Business Ideas, held the “WOBI On Leadership Mexico 2015”. The event gathered inspirational leaders from across the globe to talk about a variety of insightful and wide-ranging topics related to Leadership. Stamford International University (Thailand) is part of the Laureate Network, and with its focus on student outcomes and providing experience and networking possibilities for its students, the WOBI event was an ideal venue to send a student.
Although Stalin was overjoyed to have won, he admitted that it was quite a responsibility. “I didn’t go purely for my own benefit but to be the voice, the eyes and the ears of Stamford International University. I went alone but I stood with thousands of other students, it was a bit daunting,” he said, before adding: “It was a great opportunity though, as I knew I would get to network with other Laureate students and industry leaders, including the keynote speakers.”
It took Stalin almost 24 hours to travel from Bangkok to Mexico City. “From the air you got a feel of the massive sprawl of this city beneath, which I later discovered was home to just over 20 Million inhabitants. Soon afterwards, as we drove through Mexico City, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed by the density and complexity of it. The city is an impressive urban mass, a cosmopolitan metropolis, vibrant and colorful, with an electric energy, and an incredible aura that’s so hard to describe.” Stalin didn’t have much time to sightsee however. “We were in Mexico City for a total of four days and the event itself was spread out into two jam packed days.”
When asked what he had taken away from the event and the experience, Stalin said, “I learnt that leaders are vessels of change, and today’s dynamic business world demands that we, as leaders, need to be highly adaptable and have the courage to inspire radical transformation in ourselves and in others. I came to understand the actionable ideas a leader needs, on how to manage their own behavior and behavior in others.” On a more personal level he added, “I managed to sharpen my soft skills which complement those hard skills I have been acquiring over the course of my studies, which will all help me to enhance my relationships and future job performance.”
His time at WOBI has provided inspiration for future applicants and competition for attending future events is always increasing. Stalin concludes: “Overall it was an insightful, unparalleled learning experience from some of the most brilliant minds in business and such a spectacular opportunity to meet and network with other students from the laureate network.” Stamford would like to offer its congratulations to Stalin Mau-Mau and looks forward to hearing from more of its students as they explore future international opportunities.