Need increases for insightful leaders

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 October, 2008, 12:00am

The increasing importance of Asia in the world economy and the central role played by Asian managers provides the impetus for expansion for the leadership development organisation - The Center for Creative Leadership - Asia-Pacific, (CCL-APAC) in Singapore.

Over the next 12 months the centre, which started its Singapore operations in 2003 and has 23 full-time and 55 adjunct staff, is looking to fill about 10 key management, research and administration roles, and to select and train 30 to 40 adjunct faculties, facilitators and coaches for its Asia-Pacific operations.

'In the turbulent global economic climate we are experiencing, there is a pressing need and therefore increased demand for the kind of leaders who can look at the broader implications of their decisions and how those decisions impact the wider society,' said Sabine Van Craen, director of talent at the centre.

While citing the rapid increase in the demand for the development of high performing teams in Asia, she added: 'Change management and talent management issues have become more relevant to Asia-Pacific organisations, escalating the demand for the type of programmes and services we provide.'

The centre is looking for an experienced research director with the background and understanding of Asian leadership challenges, to lead research efforts. It conducts research in three broad areas, individual leader development, global leadership and diversity, and groups, teams and organisations.

The new director will help facilitate the development of models and processes to be built out of research in Asia. These will play an integral part in the development of further leadership curricula, programmes, products and services aimed at helping future executives and leaders negotiate the complexities of the global and Asian business and economic landscape.

Another key position is the faculty development manager, who will take the lead as faculty delivery trainer for global market programmes and collaborate in design, development and modifications of programmes. It requires senior level project leadership skills. Most of the centre's training and research staff have advanced degrees in the behavioural sciences with concentrations in psychology, sociology and organisational behaviour. The centre has positions for its global network of more than 300 adjunct faculties - facilitators and leadership coaches rigorously selected and trained to co-deliver and coach on CCL programmes.

Candidates should have an advanced degree in human behaviour, organisational development, psychology, international business or similar. Training and experience as an executive coach, and in psychological assessments, along with multicultural and international experience is highly valued. A history of effective leadership in a management role is also desirable.

Other management positions are available in marketing, operations, human resources and customer relations. Programme co-ordinators responsible for materials preparation and logistical matters for on and off-site programmes are also needed. The co-ordinators are responsible for ensuring on-time completion and quality and act as the main contacts for programme participants.

'In addition to relevant educational qualifications and experience, candidates for positions at CCL-APAC should display effective interpersonal and communication skills for group and multilevel organisation interaction,' said Ms Van Craen. 'They must have the capacity to work with and, if required, to lead a diverse team.'

Flexibility is also a valued attribute, with the ability to adjust work style and change direction rapidly in a fast-paced environment. Willingness to travel in the region is a must for those involved in delivering and administration of programmes, hence a working knowledge of at least one Asian language in addition to fluent written and spoken English is desirable.

As an organisation dedicated to people development, the centre offers its staff opportunities for internal promotion and professional development, with clear individual development plans in place and defined career progression possibilities. International postings for certain positions are also a possibility.

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Facts of the matter

The Center for Creative Leadership - Asia-Pacific is looking for managers for human resources, operations, customer relations and marketing

Programme co-ordinators and administrators are also required

Experienced leadership coaches and facilitators are sought for selection and training process to become adjunct faculty

Candidates should be good communicators with excellent interpersonal skills, able to work with diverse teams and be flexible to adjust style and change direction in a fast-paced environment