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A long walk to unity: Some leadership lessons

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Initially, I wanted to write about something fun and happy this month. After all, this is probably one of the best times of the year _ many holidays and great weather. But given what is going on right now, it is hard to remain cheerful. Although the current political crisis is nothing new and I have already got used to blocked traffic, it is still upsetting to see Bangkok streets overrun with mobs every few years. 

After failing to bring the situation under control, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra decided to dissolve parliament and call an election in February. But for the past two weeks, Thailand has grown deeply divided over whether the election is the answer to the country's political turmoil.

Last weekend, the Democrat Party's announcement that it would boycott the election just deepened the political woes. The last time the party boycotted an election, it caused a deadlock that eventually led to the coup in 2006.

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