Leadership Fundamentals

This course, taught by a leadership coach during the semester, will explore the fundamentals of leadership through an eclectic, multi-disciplinary approach. Here, leadership is conceptualised as an act, or series of acts, that galvanise resources and people in pursuit of a particular vision (N. Keohane, 2012). Themes include: personal impact, relating and influencing, organizational effectiveness, civil engagement, and global citizenship.


Some reviews from past participants include:

Peeranat (ToTo) Tokaeo, Class 2021

“The course changed my perspective about what being a leader entails and what it means to be a leader. I never regarded myself as a natural leader, but now I realize that I am subtly leading people in certain interactions I have with them. As a result, I come to notice the flaws and mistakes that I make acting as said leader, and this awareness has motivated me to improve myself as both a leader and a team player. I also feel like I am more confident and willing to be a leader in other areas that may not be of my expertise.”

Leow Ya Li (Michelle), Class 2021

“Jonathan is an amazing facilitator- his debriefs and discussions changed everything. It was a learning opportunity and experience only he could provide us, and the office hours he provided beyond the course were immensely beneficial as well.”

Isabel Perucho, Class 2018

“It challenges the stereotypical image of a good leader, and focuses on leadership as a team endeavour rather than an egoistic position. I would highly recommend it to those who are not used to speaking up in class, because it is a class that demands participation. For students who have done several types of leadership courses, it is not obviously useful at first, but it doubtlessly gives students something to think about.”

Kei Franklin, Class 2017

“It provided a very valuable space for focused and rigorous self-reflection. It also brought what could have otherwise stayed in the abstract realm, into a personal, relevant, and applied realm of personal change and improvement.”


Please note that the completion of this course is required in order to be awarded the Leadership Certificate.

This course is limited to 25 participants, and priority will be given to students enrolled in the Leadership Certificate.


Please submit your application here by 5 September 2018 to be considered for participation. Successful applicants will be informed by 7 September 2018.

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Tan Yock Theng
Programme Manager, Leadership & Global Citizenship

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Course Objectives

  1. Working with Yourself

Effective leaders understand their dreams and goals. Knowing their “inner compass,” they mesh their decisions to their values, enabling them to thrive in their mission despite potentially hostile environments. This element of the course will help students clarify personal direction and leadership goals. For this, they will be exposed to mind training used by elite performers, e.g., mindful meditation and simulations that clarify their sense of purpose.

  1. Working with Others

By being attuned to both the priorities of their group and the perceptions group members have of them, effective leaders may skilfully mobilise group resources. For this, students will do group exercises and receive personalised feedback from peers.