Leadership Certificate

Grounded in the Social Change Model of Leadership, the leadership certificate is an intentional and experiential multi-year sequence available to every student to learn and apply leadership skills.

The certificate aims to produce leaders who drive social change in their respective communities by developing self-awareness, engendering collaboration and committing to a common purpose.

Participants will clarify personal values, translate values into action, and generate impact through coursework, student-driven projects, public interest and community service programmes during their time at Yale-NUS.

Leadership at Yale-NUS

At Yale-NUS, leadership is seen as:

  • inclusive and accessible to everyone
  • values-based
  • collaborative
  • a process, not a position
  • encompassing community involvement/service
  • socially responsible, and impacts change on behalf of others

Anchored in the College Mission, the Leadership Certificate will equip students with skills to work collaboratively and enable social change. As students advance in the certificate, they will deepen self-awareness, work collaboratively with others, and commit to a common purpose with their community.

The certificate ultimately aims to nurtures a self-transformed mind (Kegan and Lahey, 2009; more details here).


Why sign up?

As you undertake the certificate, you can expect to:

  • Gain clarity over personal values and purpose
  • Develop critical skills and perspectives
  • Practice these skills in various applied settings
  • Receive regular feedback and coaching on your development from peers and staff
  • Improve performance in individual and team roles
  • Produce positive impact on areas that you care about the most


Who is it for?

The Leadership Certificate is for anyone who would like to intentionally develop their leadership skills regardless of their prior leadership experience. Participants have found the LC suitable for individuals who are keen to cultivate life skills, drive personal or professional development, or who want to engage more intentionally with their current leadership roles or practice.

Head here to learn more about past and present participants of the certificate.


More information:

All Yale-NUS students are eligible to enrol, and should ideally do so by their freshman year.

For more details on how the Leadership Certificate works:

Head here if you are from the Class of 2019.

Head here if you are from the Class of 2020 or later.

Have Questions?
Tan Yock Theng
Programme Manager, Leadership & Global Citizenship

Contact with questions about leadership development, civic engagement and social impact bootcamp.