Jamling Tenzing Norgay
Nepalese Sherpa Mountain Climber
Keynote 3 – Pangkor Dialogue 2015


Like other targets in life, the climb of Everest requires various processes. It consists of processes in decision making, respect, motivation and teamwork. But clearly, climbing the top of the world requires an incredibly high level of aspiration, commitment and perserverance to even decide to attempt Everest. The risks are high – only one climber in seven reaches the top, with one of five who do reach the summit dying. Leadership, planning and teamwork are essential ingredients to a successful outcome.

In terms of planning, many issues have to be organised – including food supplies, and mountain gear, not to mention planning for the changing weather conditions. But equally important is making proper mental preparation for the challenge that lies ahead is crucial. Planning can be crucial in contributing to safety and the quick and successful response to potential tragedies.

Above all, working as a team is one condition that is absolutely crucial. Establishing good partnerships in all stages of the climb can determine the safety of climbers.

In facing any challenges, it is essential to establish a clear mission before proceeding. But climbing Everest is more than personal triumph and family honor. It requires strong determined leadership to lead the team to achieve the mission target. It demands every effort to avoid making a single mistake. One must be equipped with proper planning, organizing, desire and passion. Leadership skills, confidence, commitment, experience, right judgement, strength, persistence, patience, professionalism, teamwork, respect each other, humility, discipline, dedication and good partnership are some of the attributes required to reach the top. The message is clear, climbing the mountain safely requires various attributes and teaches important lessons in leadership and achieving goals and targets.