Forum: World needs leaders who have moral integrity

Former foreign minister George Yeo's views on the forces unleashed by technology and how they challenge us morally are insightful (Moral leadership in a fragmenting world, Jan 25).

His call for moral leadership in a world that seems to be running amok, brought about by advances in, for example, artificial intelligence and technological development, is priceless advice for would-be leaders in every sphere of life: from politics to academia, research laboratories to the marketplace, and civil service to religion.

Our world needs leaders - not just ordinary leaders, but moral leaders. These are leaders who not only are academically qualified, skilful, and able to generate wealth, but also have moral integrity.

Former foreign minister George Yeo's call for moral leadership in a world that seems to be running amok... is priceless advice for would-be leaders in every sphere of life.

I hope Mr Yeo's advice will be heeded. His speech should be made required reading for those attending a course on leadership.

Daniel Koh Kah Soon

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 29, 2020, with the headline 'World needs leaders who have moral integrity'. Subscribe