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Susan Peters

Susan Peters

Susan Peters is the vice president of executive development and the chief learning officer at GE.

The activist: Aung San Suu Kyi

Question:Considering all spheres of endeavor, who would you nominate as Leader of the Year in 2010? Why?

Suu Kyi has spent 15 of the past 21 years under arrest for her support of democracy in Burma--and yet she has managed to serve as an inspiration for millions of people around the world. Suu Kyi helped found and lead the National League of Democracy, a political party that faced--and continues to face--steep odds in its fight to attain freedom and democracy for the citizens of Burma. Despite intimidation, retribution (including an attack on her life) and suppression, Suu Kyi remained undeterred in pursuing her ambitious vision for what Burma could become. She has continued to reach and engage people from all walks of life with a message of peace and unity, and has managed to shine a light on all those who struggle under oppression. Soon after she was freed from house arrest, Suu Kyi was back at her party's headquarters.

We often hear about the traits of great leaders--the ability to inspire and rally others around a clear vision or cause, being externally-focused and inclusive--yet it's not until you see the courage and commitment of someone like Suu Kyi that you truly understand what leadership means, and the impact that great leadership can have.

By Susan Peters

 |  December 20, 2010; 3:12 PM ET
Category:  Accomplishing Goals , Crisis leadership , Government leadership , Self-Sacrifice , Women in Leadership Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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