By Dr Dean Williams

voted by Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government Alumni as the "most influential course."




23rd RUN: 15-16 Oct 2020


Time: 9am - 5pm daily
Venue: Mandarin Orchard Singapore

Since 2008, Dr Dean Williams and his team has been trusted by many, including

The 22nd run of the 2-day Real Leadership workshop will be conducted by Dr Dean Williams, Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School and Faculty Chair of the Global Change Agent Program.

 The purpose of this workshop is to enhance the leadership capacity of executives in the social, public and private sectors. Since 2008, more than 1000 NPO leaders and Senior Government Officers have been trained by Dean Williams and his team. Trusted by organisations from the people, private and public sectors, participants have rated the Real Leadership program very highly and consider the use of the adaptive leadership framework as extremely useful in helping them exercise their leadership to manage tough challenges.


Based on the success of the annual 15-day Social Leadership Singapore Program, we conduct this abridged 2-day Real Leadership workshop for senior leaders, executives and board members from the non-profit, government and private sectors, to further promote and help the social sector in generating innovative solutions and mobilizing the community to participate actively in the work of social change.


The workshop affords an opportunity for participants to think more deeply and systematically about leadership, change, teamwork, responsibility, accountability and contribution. Together they will learn what it will take to chart a new course, to elicit and manage more powerful commitment from others, to create strong, working partnerships with key stakeholders, and to have a decisive impact on the mission of the respective organisations.

At the end of the 2-day workshop, participants will learn:

  1. The distinctions between real leadership and counterfeit leadership

  2. How to distinguish technical challenges from adaptive challenges

  3. How to determine what work is needed to make progress and orchestrate adaptive problem solving

  4. What it means to be an agent of change to help chart a new course and lead with creativity and purpose




In REAL LEADERSHIP TRAINING, you will learn how to:

DISTINGUISH REAL LEADERSHIP FROM COUNTERFEIT LEADERSHIP: Real leadership is about mobilizing people to face tough problems and build adaptive capacity. Counterfeit leadership, on the other hand, generates dependency and over emphasizes “follow me” rather than adapting, resolving and creating. Intentionally or unintentionally, the consequences of counterfeit leadership are that people end up pursuing a false set of tasks. A false set of tasks is any set of activities that fails to add sustainable value to the organisation.

DIAGNOSE DIFFICULT ADAPTIVE CHALLENGES: What adaptive challenge does your team or group really face? Few executives can answer that question. Given how busy people are in organisations doing routine work, critical strategic adaptive challenges often fall to the background and people lose focus. The real leader must bring these background adaptive challenges to the foreground and get people addressing what matters.

DESIGN AND PRODUCE STRATEGIC INTERVENTIONS: The essence of real leadership lies in intervention. Intervention is the art of using power and authority strategically, responsibly, and effectively to get and sustain attention on important concerns and mobilize resources to accomplish vital aims.

DEVELOP A CREATIVE ORIENTATION: Creativity, as it pertains to real leadership, is the capacity to step beyond one’s comfort zone and generate what is needed in order to mobilize people to do adaptive work.

DETECT WHEN “YOU” ARE GETTING IN THE WAY: It is essential for anyone desiring to exercise leadership to detect when one’s “personal case” (your style, approach, habits, and preferences) is getting in the way of the real work of progress, and learn how to make mid-course corrections. Predictably, your personality and preferences, will often spill onto your people and impact their capacity to address tough problems – positively and negatively. The detective work of real leadership is being able to gauge the impact of your power (the things you say and do) on the system - with individuals, the group, and even the entire organization - and make adjustments as you discover what’s working, what’s not working, and what’s missing.



Meet your workshop leader

Dean is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School and Faculty Chair of the Global Change Agent Program. He has received “the most influential course award”, as determined by alumni. At the Center for Public Leadership, he runs the World Leaders Project – a research initiative that draws lessons and insights on leadership from successful world leaders.


Dean is the lead designer and facilitator of Singapore’s first 5-month long “Social Leadership Singapore” (SLS) Program piloted in March 2009 and the Program continues till today. The next SLS Program will commence in May 2017. SLS is an experiential and intense program aimed at generating personal leadership breakthroughs in performance for the non-profit sector that can improve the well-being and quality of life of Singaporeans. Program attendees mainly comprise personnel in senior positions and mid-level managers from NPO’s, government and private organisations. SLS is organised by Integrative CSR Consulting Pte Ltd.

Dean earned both his Master and Doctorate degrees from Harvard, specializing in leadership studies and organizational development.


He is the author of Real Leadership: Helping People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges (published by Berrett-Koehler), and Leadership for a Fractured World: How to Cross Boundaries, Build Bridges and Lead Change.



Enquiries & Registration:

Got a question?

Ms. Suriani S

Client Advisory Director
Tel: +65 6536 8860

Workshop Fees (per run):

  • Groups of 7 or more per run: S$2,100 per person

  • Real Leadership Alumni: S$2,200 per person

  • Standard Fee: S$2,500 per person

*Fees are subject to GST

Fee includes 2-day workshop, workshop materials, the ‘Real Leadership’ book by Dr Dean Williams, lunch and morning/afternoon refreshments 

To register, please fill up the registration form and send it to Suriani via
e-mail (, or fax to 6536 8870

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