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7 Questions on Leadership with Dawa Tshering

Name: Dawa Tshering

Title: Monitoring & Coordination Officer

Organisation: Department of Planning, Budget and Performance, Ministry of Finance

My name is Dawa Tshering and I am a monitoring & coordination officer under department of planning, budget & performance which closely work with local governments. I am an accomplished planner and coordinator; enjoy working with local people and stakeholders. I graduated from the college of language and culture studies under Royal Government of Bhutan. In my free time, I like to hike, read and learn on more on improvement of leadership.

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I hope Dawa's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!


Jonno White

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?

Some internal challenges that I face mostly include a lack of confidence, a fear of failure, maintaining authenticity during self-promotion, impatience, resistance in responding to new ideas, or overcoming impostor syndrome.

2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?

I looked at it because most people don’t see themselves as leaders. They don’t have that as an identity or a label. Early in people’s careers, most people’s labels for themselves have to do with their technical skills or their professional training. They see themselves as an engineer, an accountant, a marketing specialist.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

1. Create a to-do list.

2. Plan ahead by making a daily schedule.

3. Make alternative plans in case of interruptions.

4. Set time for breaks.

5. Set a time for e-mails and notifications.

4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?

After reading a book leaders eat last authored by Simon Sinek I learned that leaders are the ones run head first into the unknown, they rush towards the danger, put their own interests aside to protect us or to pull into the future.

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

Recently, I have completed reading the New York times bestseller book written by Simon Sinek name Leaders eat last. As I mentioned in early question that leaders are ones who runs head first into the unknown; means choose to go first into danger. Moreover, Leaders would sacrifice what is theirs to save what is ours.

6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?

I am not qualified leader to advice but I would request our young leader to maintain etiquette and values inherent from our elders.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?

The interesting thing that comes in my mind as a leader is I will march behind by my team and work tirelessly to see everyone's visions and goals to come true to everyone.

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