Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Orphaned educator compiles book on leadership mindset

Orphaned educator compiles book on leadership mindset

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
It took teacher Bun Toeung 30 years to compile the Psychological Attitudes for Effective Leaders. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Orphaned educator compiles book on leadership mindset

The book Psychological Attitudes for Effective Leaders is a collection of documents that focus on critical thinking in order to be able to solve problems and seek out the truth about one’s self.

The book was edited and translated by Bun Toeung, who works in that capacity for various organisations and businesses.

Toeung said the book took him a whole year to compile and he spent a lot of money to publish it. The book was inspired by his own education, work experience, diligent reading related to psychology, personal observations, research and day-to-day life experiences.

“To satisfy the curiosity of all learners, I have made efforts to research and collect documents for over 30 years to compile this book as a means of sharing knowledge for all learners to improve their personal abilities,” he added.

He continued that the initial purpose was for people to gain a clear understanding of the character of the general population. Though all people have differences in character, they have the same purpose of seeking happiness and mostly have the same broad interests in finding happiness and peace, maintaining a good reputation and finding love.

The purpose is also for workers and managers to learn to respect and understand each other and cooperate at work to provide equal benefit for each in the acquisition of wealth, honour and titles to build a society of peace, independence and sustainable development.

“Not only that, this book focuses on critical thinking to be able to solve problems about themselves and to find out the truth. According to one developmental theory, if people are taught to fish, they will keep fishing their whole lives. But if they are taught to think, they won’t need to fish anymore,” Toeung stated.

Born in Battambang province, Toeung was a parentless orphan from a young age. After the overthrow of the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime in 1979, he began to study first grade in his hometown in the remote countryside along the Cambodian-Thai border, where there were clashes between government troops and Khmer Rouge guerillas fighting along the border.

In 1992, Toeung finally graduated from Banteay Meanchey High School in Banteay Meanchey province, and in 1997 he earned his Bachelor’s degree in management from Maharishi Vedic University in Kamchay Mear district of Prey Veng province, after which the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport hired him to work as a management teacher at a university.


  • 12th Cambodia int’l film festival to see return of Hollywood star

    Phnom Penh is set to come alive with the magic of cinema as the highly anticipated 12th Cambodia International Film Festival (CIFF) takes centre stage. Boasting an impressive line-up of 188 films from 23 countries, including captivating shorts, feature films, documentaries and animation, the festival promises an

  • Brawl marrs football final as Indonesian take gold in seven goal thriller

    The Indonesian men's U22 men national football team were crowned champions of the 32nd SEA Games in Cambodia, defeating Thailand 5-2 in extra time on May 16 at Olympic National Stadium in Phnom Penh. The match was marred by an ugly incident that occured in the 91

  • Bareknuckle champion wants Kun Khmer fighter

    Dave Leduc, who is the current openweight Lethwei boxing champion in Myanmar, has announced that he will travel to Cambodia this year to challenge SEA Games gold medallist Prum Samnang any time that is convenient, after their planned match later this month in Slovakia was

  • Candlelight Party disqualified from July general election

    The National Election Committee (NEC) has disqualified the Candlelight Party (CP) from contesting the upcoming general election, citing a lack of valid documentation. NEC spokesman Khorn Keomono said the CP failed to fulfil one of the three main requirements: including original documentation proving their registration

  • Thong Khon calls for orderly SEA Games closing ceremony

    Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism and permanent vice-president of the Cambodia SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC), calls on all people who have received tickets to the May 17 closing ceremony of the biennial multi-sports extravaganza at the Morodok Techo National Stadium to ensure that the event

  • 1.4 billion dollar Phnom Penh-Bavet expressway due in four years

    The Government, through the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, has officially signed a public-private partnership agreement with a private company for the construction of a Phnom Penh-Bavet Expressway project that will connect the capital to Svay Rieng province. The budget for the project is