ROHEI was invited by the Bhutan RIGSS (Royal Institute for Governance and Strategic Studies), a civil service organisation, to provide leadership training for its senior leaders. The country’s leaders recognise the importance of having a leadership that is trusted by the people, to build a stronger nation.
ROHEI delivered the three-day Relational Leadership programme in Bhutan last 7-9 January 2019. This is part of the two-week Bhutan Executive Services Training programme, which the Bhutan government created for its RIGSS civil service leaders.
Bhutan: Building a stronger nation through a Culture of Trust
ROHEI was privileged to share insights on Building a Culture of Trust, and help strengthen relational competencies of the leaders which are integral to increase engagement and build cohesive teams.
The training enhanced the participants’ skills in giving and receiving feedback. They learned new skills to engage meaningfully in courageous conversations that promote clarity, connection, and collaboration.
Building a culture of trust begins with stronger relational leadership
“One key thing that many of them came away with is walking the talk, modelling it for them, rather than just telling others,” said Calvin Yeo following the programme. “And they know that building a Culture of Trust begins with really having a stronger relational leadership. That relational leadership part came across in realising that there is a need to understand their people so much more.”
“The topics on being a relational leader (Real8ability) and giving and receiving feedback (Feedback is a Gift) are two areas I definitely see applying both at work as a civil servant of Bhutan, as well as in the homefront,” one of the participants shared. “I really need to learn from my people,” said another.
One key thing that many of them came away with is walking the talk, modelling it for them, rather than just telling others. And they know that building a Culture of Trust begins with really having a stronger relational leadership. That relational leadership part came across in realising that there is a need to understand their people so much more. - CALVIN YEO
When relationships are healthy, so is the culture
“Similar to a family and an organisation, what determines the culture is the relationship,” said Rachel Ong. “When the relationships are healthy, so is the culture. Doing life with a relational mindset is imperative: choosing to bear with one another’s weakness, always ascribing good intentions, believing that they want to show up meaningfully for you, and the willingness to endure while others progress.”