THE Centre for Asia Leadership (CAL) was established in 2013 to equip and train youths, professionals and aspiring leaders in the areas of public service, education, political and social leadership in Asia.
Through its leadership programmes and youth camps, it brings participants to meet with leaders of industries, top researchers in the world and policymakers to broaden their minds and challenge them individually.
Since October 2015, CAL has collaborated with the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation and received backing from the Harvard University Asia Center.
(From left) Sunway Group Education and Healthcare Division chief executive officer Dr Lee Weng Keng, Cheah, Kim and Sunway Education Group and Sunway University senior executive director Elizabeth Lee, during the book launch at Sunway University. — FAIHAN GHANI/The Star
The centre offers a transformational experience, with teachings from Harvard and Stanford University to promote a positive change in Asia.
At the end of the programme, their experiences and lessons are compiled into a book and then published by CALI Press, the publication arm for CAL.
Last month, CAL launched three books – Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in Asia, Finding the Leaders in Us: New Goals for Success and Redefining Success: Learning to Lead for Change.
“These publications provide both youths and executives with insightful views and compelling stories drawing from leadership experiences,” said Jeffrey Cheah Foundation founding trustee Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah during the book launch.
CAL co-founder and president Samuel Kim said, “Documenting and sharing our leadership lessons in respect to the authors’ transformative journey, will inspire them to be good citizens, develop necessary skills and join in the endeavour to bring a brighter future ahead.”
Josephine Lim, a senior associate for an auditing firm, took a week off her hectic schedule to attend the Executive Leadership School, an initiative by CAL.
In the book Redefining Success, she wrote about how she became complacent and lost the drive to excel a few years into her career. But after the workshop, she was a new person, with a clearer vision for her life.
“This is more of a self-discovery and awareness course.
“It is good for people who want to start a new phase in their life or for those who want to make an impact in their work and life,” said Lim.
For Hayley Lee, a student of Sunway International School, the programme taught her to learn from her mistakes and reflect on her actions.
In Finding The Leaders In Us, the 17-year-old recollected her experience on finding funds for a club event that ended with compromised relationships.
She now knows that finding motivation for her task brought meaning to her actions and she overcame her fear of failing.
For more information on the upcoming programmes, visit asialeadership.org