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University of London presents Positive Influence: The First and Last Mile of Leadership


The University of London is delighted to be hosting a panel discussion on 26 October with authors Tsun-Yan Hsieh and Huijin Kong to discuss their new book, Positive Influence: The First and Last Mile of Leadership.

Positive Influence: The First and Last Mile of Leadership
Positive Influence: The First and Last Mile of Leadership

In the book, New York Times bestselling author and renowned leadership guru Tsun-yan Hsieh, together with his LinHart partner, Huijin Kong, co-creator of high-impact programs, dive deep into how to master Positive Influence (+Influence), an essential 'soft skill' of our times. Combining decades of experience from shopfloors to boardrooms, both in the West and the East, the authors have distilled the principles of '+Influence' to a repertoire of mindsets, habits and skills.

The discussion, which is hosted by Professor Wendy Thomson CBE, Vice-Chancellor of University of London, will explore the principles of +Influence and the authors’ experience of counselling CEOs and mentoring leaders. To celebrate the launch, the first 100 attendees will receive a copy of the book.

The event will be held on Thursday 26 October, 6.30-8.30pm in The Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House and will be followed by a drinks reception. The discussion is free to attend but tickets must be booked in advance using this link

About the authors

Tsun-Yan Hsieh

Across 48 years of working with 100+ CEOs and 500+ senior leaders across 30+ industries and countries, Professor Tsun-Yan Hsieh has always connected with them as human beings first. In 2010 he founded leadership services firm LinHart Group, fuelled by an intense desire to help business leaders reach their potential and better cope with expectations and pressures. The same character and craft pervade his mentorship of hundreds of younger partners in McKinsey and younger leaders who are lucky enough to be part of his MBA course or scale-up CEO leadership courses. Because his own influence and leadership skills were hard won, he is devoted to helping all comers improve theirs.

Professor Hsieh is/has been an Independent Director of Singapore Airlines, Manulife Financial, Dyson, Bharti Airtel and Sony. For social interests, he serves on the board of SingHealth and Singapore Institute of Management. He has taught subjects related to Leadership Influence at the National University of Singapore Business School, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the Nanyang Technology University. He co-authored the New York Times best-seller Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luck, and just published his second book, Positive Influence: The First and Last Mile of Leadership.

Huijin Kong

Huijin Kong’s strong sense of direction, courage to call out the elephants in the room and relentless energy have enabled her to counsel CEOs, owners, and founders of all ages. At LinHart Group, she has pioneered group leadership programmes that have made deep learning and leadership development scalable: the MBA programme created by LinHart now welcomes several hundred students. Huijin has consistently worked to better influence leaders in the USA, China, India and Southeast Asia, striving to connect with them as human beings and gain the necessary insights to challenge and support them.

Having successfully overcome her own challenges with compassion, empathy and emotional awareness, Huijin is convinced that everyone can improve their influence and leadership. Her passion for inspiring Chinese business leaders also propelled her to lead the expansion of LinHart's leadership programme to China and Hong Kong. She holds an MBA with Highest Distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School and a BSc in Economics, summa cum laude from the Wharton School of Business.