Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



"Exercising Real Leadership" - JDS Lecture by Counter Human Trafficking Officer, Ms. UENO Mayumi


Feb 24, 2012

On Saturday, February 4, 2012, Ms. UENO Mayumi, a Counter Human Trafficking Officer at the Somalia Support Office of the International Organization for Migration*, delivered a JDS** lecture at APU under the title of “Exercising Real Leadership”. Based on her experiences in the field, Ms. UENO outlined a three-step plan towards exercising “real” leadership. This lecture was facilitated by Vice-President YAMAGAMI Susumu.

Ms. UENO began by identifying the differences between “real” and “counterfeit” leadership. She suggested that real leadership is “not about dominance, control, getting one’s own way or staying in your comfort zone even as the ship is sinking”. Real leadership, she argued, is about “mobilizing the group, pursuing insight, and getting people to face reality”.

A three-step leadership plan was then outlined including “diagnosing the challenge”, crafting “intervention strategies” and finally, “execution and taking responsibility”. Leadership intervention strategies were discussed in six organizational challenge scenarios including transition, maintenance, and crisis.

The lecture was attended by students currently studying on the JDS scholarship and offered a great opportunity to learn more about leadership from an expert on the frontlines of human trafficking prevention.

A graduate of the Masters in Public Administration Program at the Kennedy School, Harvard University, Ms. UENO is currently spearheading an anti-human trafficking program in Somalia.

*About the International Organization for Migration (IOM)
The IOM is an international organization that specializes in global migration issues. Under the principle of “promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all”, the IOM is engaged in projects ranging from the provision of direct support to individual migrants, technical assistance at a national level, and the promotion of regional cooperation to tackle migration issues.

The Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) is operated by the Japan International Cooperation Association.

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