Every organisation needs visionary leadership for success - General Daya Ratnayake
Under resource contribution and direction of Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) - General Daya Ratnayake, Company of Master Mariners of Sri Lanka (CMM), recently conducted a special lecture on ‘Leadership in Practice’ for Maritime Experts at the Mahapola Port and Maritime Academy (MPMA) of SLPA.
The lecture was based on the practical experience of General Daya Ratnayake, during his tenure as Army Commander.
Speaking at the event, General Ratnayake said that in order to become a leader one must not be afraid to accept challenges and work hard to overcome any challenge and move towards success with courage. He also said that visionary leadership was especially important to maintain every institution both under normal and challenging times as in the current context.
He emphasised that making the right decisions was very important for the welfare of the country and the people.
He added that foreign influences on Sri Lanka’s indigenous leadership has had a profound effect on its culture, leading to the collapse of the country’s self-sufficient economic patterns that had prevailed for thousands of years. He emphasised that although 73 years had passed since Sri Lanka received independence before we are still prone to be subservient to foreign nations.
Gen Ratnayake also emphasised on the need to re-establish the discipline country’s citizens acquired through Buddhism, especially in the social strata, and the importance of transmitting the legacies and values the country has inherited since time immemorial, through religious, cultural and moral behaviour to future generations.
He also discussed in depth how to develop leadership skills of the mariners through motivating, leadership skills, setting the right vision through the right role models, leading to success through challenges and developing morale.
The event was also attended by a number of senior Marine professionals, representing various sectors of the island’s renowned maritime industry, at the invitation of Company of Master Mariners of Sri Lanka.