Matt DeSantis | What Bhutan Can Teach Us About Mindful, Compassionate Leadership

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Matt DeSantis | What Bhutan Can Teach Us About Mindful, Compassionate Leadership

Matt DeSantis

Posted on July 7, 2021

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“When you have compassionate leaders, you develop a relationship with the people that is built on kindness and trust.”

Few foreigners have lived in the tiny country of Bhutan longer than Matt DeSantis, the founder of MyBhutan. Alongside the Bhutanese prince, His Royal Highness Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck, DeSantis built MyBhutan as the nation’s elite travel outfit which guides visitors into the deepest corners of the “Land of the Thunder Dragon.” He is also deeply committed to the cultural preservation and development of Bhutan.

DeSantis founded Beyul Labs, the top digital transformation organization for Bhutan’s consumer retail and service industries. By partnering with the Bhutan National Bank and gaining an endorsement from the Royal Government, Beyul Labs launches innovative products including Bhutan’s first online payment platform for foreigners.

In this episode of Leading with Genuine Care, learn more about DeSantis’ fascinating work and observations after spending years in this unique, isolated, and very happy nation. Hear everything from what it’s like to live in Bhutan to brilliant insights about leading with compassion, and so much more. 

In this episode, you’ll also learn:

  • What Bhutan is like for citizens and tourists
  • About Bhutan’s focus on mindfulness and happiness
  • Why Bhutanese citizens are so happy
  • What Bhutan is learning from the Gross National Happiness Program
  • How the government supports its citizen’s happiness
  • When Bhutanese people usually return home after moving away
  • How leaders can learn from Bhutan’s values
  • Why everyone should visit Bhutan
  • What industries Bhutan’s economy relies upon
  • About Bhutan’s unique approach to tourism
  • Why the Bhutanese people love sports, especially American Baseball
  • What the world can learn from the people and culture in Bhutan
  • And so much more!

More About Matt DeSantis

Matt DeSantis and Bhutan’s Princess Kesang T. Choden Wangchuck are leading an expansive initiative to create a nationwide project to document, digitize, and archive Bhutan’s tangible cultural art and religious history. 

Together with a team of scholars, monks, archivists, researchers, filmmakers, and more, this team’s mission is to preserve Bhutan’s culture, heritage, and religious values for future generations, while also preventing theft of its national artifacts.

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About MyBhutan

Matt DeSantis is an accomplished explorer and highly recognized expert on guiding travelers through Bhutan. If you’re interested in joining him on a safe, meaningful, and adventurous expedition into Bhutan, email him at




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