GREAT leaders in the business world are often known to have colourful characters and are often shrouded in an aura that emits power, influence and intimidation.
Despite helming PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd - an award winning logistics company - chief executive and managing director Datuk Michael Tio isn’t anything like that.
Humble and approachable, he still retains his charisma and managed to build a fanbase of over a million followers on Facebook where he shares strong opinions, ideas, vision and aspirations.
Noting that humility is an underrated leadership quality, Tio constantly propagates that staying humble and learning how to serve others are leadership traits that work wonders with people.
“I normally impart the PKT 5H corporate culture to my recruits and interns.
“The 5 H are to be healthy, happy, honest, hardworking and humble.
“It is also important to learn from the success of others, be appreciative of the chance and not be jealous of those who are successful.
“Give back to society once success is achieved without asking for anything in return,” said Tio.
He was presented with the title of “Best CEO” at the recent CEO Faculty Appreciation Night 2019 organised by the Education Ministry.
The CEO Faculty Appreciation Night gives recognition to industry leaders who participated in its CEO@Faculty programme which focuses on leadership and character building.
The CEO@Faculty Programme is part of the ministry’s Academia-Industry Talent Exchange Programme (Aixchange), which brings together top local and international CEOs and industry players into local universities to share knowledge and experiences with the academic community.
Under the programme, industry leaders are appointed as adjunct professors and commit up to 30 hours a year of their time to provide mentorship to university students, lecturers, and also advise institutions on matters such as curriculum development to ensure industry relevance.
“I am proud to receive this highest honour from the ministry as a recognition of PKT Logistics Group’s approach as a socially responsible company,” said Tio.
He also took home the “Most Active CEO” award in 2017.
A strong believer in the need to have greater collaboration between the academic sector and the industry to bridge the gap, Tio noted that the programme must be continued as it creates a wider pool of future talent.
“This programme is important as it allows public universities to collaborate with industries to ensure graduates are industry relevant. This helps create a win-win situation for PKT Logistics as an employer of future talents.
“PKT took part in the programme because we had an acute shortage of logisticians in the market. In the logistics industry, scalability is key for growth. About 50% of our interns returned as full-time employees,” he said, adding that students and lecturers are exposed to industry knowledge through the positive programme.
Tio was appointed as adjunct professor to Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) in 2015 and was conferred an honorary doctorate in logistics management by the institution in November 2018.
Delighted with Tio’s win, UUM vice-chancellor Prof Dr Ahmad Bashawir Abdul Ghani said: “It highlighted the university’s efforts of working closely with industry partners. Such industrial collaborations are in line with the ministry’s mission to sustain the higher education ecosystem in order to develop and enhance individual potential and fulfil the nation’s aspiration,” he said.
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