Metro NY: Myths of Asian Leadership Nov 27, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Posted by: Ascend Metro New York
November 27, 2012, Deloitte’s 30 Rockefeller Center office hosted over 100
guests for an Ascend event. Ascend professionals from the Metro NY area came
together at Deloitte’s office to learn about the "Myths of Asian Leadership”.
This seminar was led by Mr. Wesley Hom, National Board Member and officer of Ascend, Former IBM Vice President and Managing Director.
The featured speaker was Mr. Rajiv Basu, a partner at Deloitte since 1981.
kicked off with Deloitte Senior Manager, Danny Wang, introducing the first
speaker of the event, Rajiv Basu, Deloitte Lead Audit Partner. Mr. Basu shared his experiences as a professional
moving through the ranks of Deloitte and setting the stage for the main portion
of the seminar by questioning the audience as to why they believe there are few
Asians within the C-Suite of corporate America
Finally, Mr. Hom emphasized professional
Asians need to maintain a balance of Asian qualities and new behavior and
Mr. Hom's presentation discussed the challenges Asian Americans face in
entering the C-Suites of corporate America and focused on these 6 specific
skills individuals must possess to rise to prominent leadership positions:
Leadership and collaborative skills
Adaptability and learning
Differentiated thinking- Making yourself unique and being
Strategic and Holistic thinking
Taking risk with integrity
Hom stressed the importance of differentiated thinking and being creative as
the most important skill to achieve positions in the "C-Suite”. Presenters
offered advice on topics such as finding a mentor and networking effectively.
Both presenters were well-received by the audience as they shared stories about
their own careers as an Asian.
We interviewed the participants on that day
and below are one of the responses:
LEAD Seminar discussing the "Myths of Asian Leadership" brought to
light issues that I was not keenly aware of before the November 27th
event. As only a first-year at
Deloitte's audit practice, I never thought much about the leadership positions
at my own firm or corporate America in general and the individuals who fill
these prestigious roles. Listening to
both presenters discussed the obstacles Asians face in moving up the corporate
ladder, I realized that I had to be more aware of how I presented myself to my
colleagues and to begin developing the leadership skills which Mr. Hom's was
emphasizing throughout his presentation.
Although it is early in my professional career, I have to learn to go
beyond my cultural upbringing and move outside of my comfort zone in order to
further develop my career.”
the workshop was insightful and interactive. Ascend professionals were able to
ask questions during the session. Luckily, members were able to walk away with
a newfound understanding of how to effectively develop skills to become more
We would like to thank
the event committee, membership committees, and volunteers for organizing and helping
at such a great event.