Social Leadership Singapore
Social Leadership Singapore
Dr Dean Williams
10 days over 4 months
Session 1: 30-31 Aug, 1 Sep 2021
Session 2: 27-29 Sep 2021
Session 3: 25-26 Oct 2021
Session 4: 15-16 Nov 2021
Online & Physical
The purpose of Social Leadership Singapore program (SLS) is to develop people in the social sector and government to be effective and dynamic agents of change that can exercise leadership and mobilize people and resources to tackle important social challenges facing local communities and the nation.
The purpose of Social Leadership Singapore program (SLS) is to develop people in the social sector and government to be effective and dynamic agents of change that can exercise leadership and mobilize people and resources to tackle important social challenges facing local communities and the nation. The program is a four-month course that consists of 10 days of training combined with readings, assignments, and application projects.
The program will be an opportunity for participants to think more deeply and systematically about the array of challenges that they face, the leadership strategies they employ, and the processes needed for mission fulfillment and the orchestration of meaningful change.
SLS has run for 12 years in Singapore, since 2009, and the program has been in great demand with more than 430 alumni. It has been evaluated every year and consistently rated highly, relevant, and extremely useful.
Participants will typically be in positions of responsibility in NPOs, the Public Service, community organisations, and companies interested in CSR (corporate social responsibility). They should be people who are passionate about being a change agent, improving the quality of their leadership, and contributing to the social sector.
At the end of the program, participants will learn:
To develop a group of action-oriented leaders who are committed to strengthening the social and cultural fabric of society and making an extraordinary difference to the well-being of the nation.
Impart valuable strategies and tools on how to intervene to harness resources and mobilize people to face demanding adaptive challenges and accomplish desired aims.
Help participants reflect on their current leadership performance, and develop new and more powerful ways of exercising leadership as it pertains to managing their organizations, mobilizing volunteers, and generating desired results.
Enhance the participants’ capacity to diagnose, frame and provide leadership for the different kinds of adaptive challenges that must be addressed, such as the development challenge, transition challenge, maintenance challenge, creative challenge, activist challenge, and crisis challenge.
Develop a deeper grasp of the complexity and interdependence of all parts of society as it pertains to their area of concern and contribution.
Increase the capacity for cross-sector collaboration and support.
Develop a greater self-awareness of how personal values, philosophies, biases and self-knowledge influence one’s leadership style and approach, and determine what in one’s style and approach might need to be modified or changed.
Dean has led the SLS program for 12 years and is very familiar with the social challenges facing Singapore.
For nearly two decades he was a faculty member of the Harvard Kennedy School, based at the Center for Public Leadership. At Harvard he directed the popular Global Change Agents executive education program and was responsible for the World Leaders Interview Project. He is also the recipient of the university’s prestigious Carballo Award for teaching excellence and contribution. He holds graduate degrees from Harvard and has done extensive research, consulting, speaking, and training on leadership all over the world.
Dean is the author of “Real Leadership: Helping People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges” and “Leadership for a Fractured World: How to Cross Boundaries, Build Bridges, and Lead Change.”
Dr Dean Williams
To build the leadership capacity of participants SLS provides a multi-dimensional learning experiences that consists of the following:
There will be four workshops. Each workshop will present the ideas and concepts of real leadership, and build of the learnings of the preceding training. Participants will also bring their own problems and challenges in the form of personal case studies, and receive coaching and advice from the facilitators and their peers.
• Workshop 1 (3 days): Real Leadership for Adaptive Challenges
• Workshop 2 (3 days): Intervention and the Mobilization Process
• Workshop 3 (2 days): Leadership in Action
• Workshop 4 (2 days): Wisdom and Leadership: Purpose, Passion, and Perspective
The workshops will be intellectually challenging and personally demanding. Individuals must come to the program with an attitude of openness and a willingness to explore deeply held assumptions about their roles and responsibilities and the problems that they face. They must also have a sincere desire to engage in a reflective inquiry to learn what in their behavior might need to be modified in order to enhance their capacity to make a greater difference.
2. Readings and Assignments
To enhance the learning experience, participants will be given a significant amount of readings – from current affairs, history, philosophy, psychology, and the arts. These readings will assist the participants in thinking about leadership, learning more about themselves, and appreciating the complexity and connectedness of the world we live in. The two primary texts for the program are the books written by Dean Williams:
• Real Leadership: Helping People and Organizations Address Their Toughest Challenges
• Leadership for a Fractured World: How to Cross Boundaries, Build Bridges, and Lead Change
3. Personal Breakthrough Projects
Each participant will be required to formulate a series of short personal breakthrough projects that they will pursue as a part of the program. A breakthrough project is a project that will require the exercise of leadership in order to mobilize people and resources to engage a challenge. The personal breakthrough project affords an opportunity to experiment with the framework of the program and try new strategies and approaches to address specific problems.
4. Collaborative Action Learning Projects
Applying the concepts and frameworks from the program, the participants, working in small groups, will make a diagnosis of a specific social challenge and explore intervention options. They will examine 1) What is the specific nature of the adaptive challenge (diagnostic work), 2) What partnerships need to be established (crossing boundaries), 3) What values and practices need to be modified or changed (busting boundaries), 4) What relationships need to be built, differences and conflicts addressed (bridge building), and 5) What creative work needs to be done to try something new and different (transcending boundaries). At the conclusion of the program, each small group will make a presentation to the class and their analysis and recommendations will be discussed.
Limited sponsorship of up to 50% available for Singapore registered charities/Social Service Agencies.
Prices are subjected to prevailing GST.