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Understanding meaning of pragmatic leadership

Pragmatism requires courageous leaders who are totally committed to the purpose, mission and core values of the organisation, and are prepared to take hard decisions based on their convictions.

In the 60s, Singapore was facing an uncontrollable population growth, so the government advocated smaller families. Ironically, the solution has outrun its success.

WE are often advised by our leaders, both in government and business communities, to be pragmatic in addressing difficult and controversial problems. There are also arguments that we need to be pragmatic but principled. I suspect the word "pragmatic" and "practical" may have been used...

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