'Future of Leadership' forum to feature Harvard professors


  • Technology
  • Tuesday, 18 Feb 2020

Successful meeting: One of the most popular sessions from the 2nd Asia Leadership Forum 2019 was Dana Born’s on ‘Authentic Leadership’ and what should anchor leaders in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.

PETALING JAYA: One by one, countries like Malaysia, Singapore, China, and others have been unveiling their own Industry 4.0 (IR4.0) policies and national plans which highlight the digital and tech dimension of 21st century change.

An upcoming forum on May 16 is set, however, to help companies upgrade an often-overlooked ingredient to successful IR4.0 transformation: leadership.

“While management is necessary, leadership remains the most impactful thing driving your company. You can easily credit or blame the quality of leadership for 80% of what you see happening in your organisation. It’s the often unacknowledged rule of the ‘vital few’,” explained Center for Asia Leadership vice-president John Lim.

As organisations race to create digital ecosystems and supporting infrastructure for IR4.0, Lim said the future success of organisations would still depend on people.

‘Future of leadership’

This is why the 3rd Asia Leadership Forum (ALF), organised by the Center for Asia Leadership and co-presented by Star Media Group, carries the theme “The Future of Leadership”.

It will be held at JC1 Hall in Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur.

The ALF features thought leaders on innovation and change management experts from Harvard University and other Ivy League institutions like Stanford. Plenary sessions and simultaneous master classes will focus on topics ranging from “Future of Work” & leadership mega-trends and sustainable innovative leadership to persuasive leadership & the art of strategic influence.

The speakers are Samuel Kim, Co-Founder & President, Center for Asia Leadership; Dean Williams, Reform & Development Adviser to Australia, Singapore, Brunei, etc; Steven Jarding, lecturer in public policy, Harvard Kennedy School; David Shore, advisory board member, McKinsey & Company; Martin Attiq, entrepreneur & executive, SigFig Investment Company; Rahul Daswani, futurist & head of people & culture, open government products, GovTech Singapore; and Laura Thompson, fellow, Harvard University

Registration fees inclusive of tax are as follows: RM900 (early bird rate until April 4/group rate for three and above) and RM1,050 (regular rate).

Initiating change in Asia

Online registration is available via alf.asialeadership.org. For more information, interested parties may email cali@asialeadership.org

The ALF is HRDF-claimable. Sponsorship queries may be sent to anne.cortez@asialeadership.org

Established in 2014, the Center for Asia Leadership is a group of non-profit international organisations with the purpose of helping leaders in Asia initiate and manage change through training, research and publications, and public service trips, in the areas of leadership, strategy, innovation, and educational practices.

To date, it has served over 36,000 individuals; published 10 books as well as numerous articles, opinion pieces and editorials; and worked with over 700 organisations through a regional network across 72 cities in 31 countries in Asia. Founded and headquartered in Boston, the Center has regional offices in Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Tokyo, and Manila.
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