Hieu Thao, Vietnam
My first week in UNO with YSEALI Fellows – Spring 2017 is a week well spent with many engaging activities. The most inspiring event among them must be the meeting with Congressman Don Bacon. It was not only my honor but also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to talk with a member of Congress, especially the U.S House of Representatives. Besides the discussion on the separation of powers and current events, Don Bacon gave his point of view on mentorship, which was considered a vital trait of a successful leader. It makes sense to me that a good leader should inspire his or her followers to perform better, because the outcome of the individual development will be most likely the sustainability of the organization. I think that mentorship is a win-win situation, in which either the giver or the receiver of advice and experiences will benefit from the process. Indeed, the concept is useful for me since my own team in Vietnam are now working on the evaluation of our recent project to figure out the next steps on development. Mentoring will definitely be under our consideration then. More guidance and encouragement will be needed to develop a strong core team.