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For the longest time, we've associated prosperity, growth, power and success with happiness and leadership. And yet, look around and you'll find that despite unprecedented advancement in every human endeavour, both true happiness and great leadership remain as elusive as ever. Even with the best of intentions we find it difficult to experience genuine happiness, and struggle to lead powerfully without using formal power.

  • Why is it that material gain and personal achievement have not led to greater well-being?

  • Why do people remain stressed, on-edge and frustrated even when they possess inexhaustible wealth?

  • What is it in our pursuit of happiness that leaves us even less happy than ever before?

  • Why do we fail to learn from the likes of Gandhi, Mandela and Martin Luther King on what it truly means to lead?

Maybe it’s time to redefine our idea of leadership, happiness and success.

Maybe it’s time to refocus it from ‘having’ – more money, more riches, more power, more of everything – to 'being’; being contributive, being whole, being at peace, being authentic.

Maybe it’s time to breathe new life into leadership, happiness and success by combining ancient wisdom with contemporary insight.

To do this, we invite you to take an uplifting, empowering and hopefully transformative journey into Bhutan, where the concept of Gross National Happiness has changed the way the world looks at leadership, success and happiness, and where the magic of Leadership Energy is brought to vibrant life.


Bhutan is the last great Himalayan kingdom, home to picture-perfect snow-capped panoramas, fascinating primeval forests and majestic monasteries. Here, there’s more countryside than anything else; expect sprawling natural vistas rather than mammoth shopping malls, calm unspoiled locales as opposed to urban hustle and bustle.

Its people are entrenched in ancient beliefs, yet the Bhutanese are anything but insular; in fact, they’re well educated, worldly-wise and fun-loving, with a deep connection not just to their cultural roots, but to everything that happens around them. They’re also exceptionally polite and genuinely helpful, carrying an aura of peacefulness that has become a hallmark of the country.

Unsurprisingly, environmental protection takes as much precedence here as cultural preservation; by law, at least 60% of the country’s total area must remain forested. In fact, this is so important that Bhutan isn’t merely carbon neutral, but actually absorbs more carbon than it releases.

It is perhaps apt that it is within this land where spiritualism and humanism co-exist, where modern thinking and traditional wisdom thrive in unison, and where nature and progress are intertwined, that the ground- breaking idea of Gross National Happiness was originated.

Happiness As It was Meant to Be

Gross National Happiness, or GNH, was introduced by His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King of Bhutan, in the 1970s. Its four pillars and nine domains focus on sustaining a balanced development that recognises both the tangible and intangible aspects of well-being.

Contrary to the arguments of its detractors, GNH doesn’t at all oppose material and economic progress, but rather rejects the emphasis on pursuing economic prosperity as the ultimate goal. As an alternative, it proposes an inclusive, holistic, equitable, sustainable and balanced development approach that prioritises societal happiness and well-being over economic growth for its own sake.

At lclif we believe that:

  • to be a great leader, one needs to first be totally comfortable and at peace in one’s own skin.
  • before one can discover what it truly means to lead, one must discover what it means to be happy.
  • leadership is more about giving than about taking power

It is no surprise therefore that our Leadership, Happiness and Success programme journey’s through a full-on cultural and experiential immersion into the fabric of Bhutanese society. It expands on our proprietary concept of Leadership Energy by delving into the nine domains of GNH – psychological well-being, health, time use, education, cultural diversity, good governance, community vitality, ecological diversity and living standards.

The desired outcome of this journey is a holistic understanding of the outer circumstances and the inner conditions for well-being, and how this can ignite personal leadership energy to help create a better future while bringing about greater happiness for oneself and others.


Jointly created by ICLIF CEO Rajeev Peshawaria and Dr. Julia Kim, Programme Director of the GNH Centre, the programme will enlighten you on the key principles of GNH within the context of Leadership Energy. You will explore the deep-seated causes and drivers of happiness, discover the source of our current epidemic of unhappiness, and see happiness from many different angles including through neuroscience, psychology, social epidemiology and economics. Through this unique combination of two powerful and timely concepts – the inexhaustible power of Leadership Energy that drives individuals to do extraordinary things, powered by a vision of authentic, actionable and sustainable happiness – you will embark on a deeply personal quest that will also benefit you in a professional and leadership capacity, encompassing a host of experiential activities including:
  • Sensing Journey
  • Participatory Workshops
  • Awareness and mindfulness practice
  • Self reflection and group sharing
  • Discussions with notable spiritual leaders, GNH experts and change-makers from Bhutan
  • Community visits and interaction

To truly immerse yourself in your discovery, you will traverse the pristine Himalayas, with breathtaking locales such as Paro, Thiumphu, the Punakha Valley and the Takstang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery as your ‘classrooms’, so to speak.


  • Identify sources of long-lasting happiness and leadership success
  • Engage in deep self-reflection to maximize personal leadership energy
  • Understand the importance of both outer circumstances and inner conditions for maximizing happiness and leadership success
  • Recognise and shape the drivers of enterprise leadership success - the three pillars of sustainable growth
  • Soak in the culture and beauty of Bhutan, and derive important lessons for both personal and enterprise leadership, happiness and success
  • Network with individuals of many different backgrounds and discover the value of diversity


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Programme Fee
MYR 32,888 / USD 8,300

Please contact our Client Strategists for special discounts or customisations.

Programme Agenda

Day 1

    Welcome & Getting Grounded
  • Welcome & introduction
  • Visit to Buddha Point
  • Free evening

Day 2

    What is GNH & Wellbeing?
  • Guided meditation
  • Market Immersion: Engaging in leader to leader discussion
  • Visit to local school
  • Personal Leadership Energy
  • Free evening

Day 3

    The Journey of Leadership
  • Guided meditation
  • Global trends shaping the open source era
  • Decoding Organisational Leadership: The three levers of sustainable organisational growth and how to shape/control them
  • Leadership by Giving
  • Travel to Paro

Day 4

    Experiencing GNH & Wellbeing
  • Guided meditation
  • Experiencing the sights and sounds of local sites
  • Reflection
  • What is Happiness? Activity: The 9 Domains in my personal life
  • Fireside chat

Day 5

    Vision & Inspiration
  • Guided Meditation
  • Depart for Tiger's Nest
  • Reflecting on your Leadership Energy journey
  • Sharing the insights and learning: Planting the seeds for the future
  • Programme ends

Programme Director and Faculty

Rajeev Peshawaria

CEO of the Iclif Leadership and Governance Centre, author of the Wall Street Journal and Amazon best seller Open Source…

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Lalit Gupta

Lalit has over 30 years of extensive business leadership experience across countries in Asia Pacific and Japan. His experience covers…

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Julia Kim

Dr. Julia Kim is the current Programme Director at GNH Happiness) Centre Bhutan, and a member the International Expert Working…

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