Linkage's Global Institute for Leadership Development (GILD) Asia

Purposeful Leadership.
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Great leadership is Purposeful Leadership™: Transform your organization’s leadership capabilities by coming together at GILD.

Leaders who commit to leading purposefully have lasting impact on their teams and organizations. Linkage’s Global Institute for Leadership Development® is a fundamental step in the journey of becoming a purposeful leader. Our research, inclusive of over 100,000 leaders worldwide, revealed that purposeful leaders commit to a lifelong journey centered on five critical commitments. GILD participants experience the five commitments through a combination of 360⁰ assessment, small-group learning sessions, world-class faculty, one-on-one coaching, and an Individual Development Plan. This unique combination of learning elements encourages authenticity and introspection, and is facilitated in a way that requires every leader to be fully present.Organizations committed to building stronger leaders and better results approach the GILD investment as a part of a broader leadership development solution: Linkage’s Leadership Excellence and Acceleration Process.

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Datuk Abdul Farid Alias
Group President & CEO

Being among the leading banks in South East Asia is a humbling and challenging thing. It ensures we do our best to live up to the kind of role model we want to be, and deliver on the responsibilities we want to fulfill. It challenges us as we strive hard to keep our position and push the boundaries of performance continuously. Living out our mission of Humanising Financial Services is a lot harder than it sounds. It’s not just about treating people humanely or planning corporate social responsibility activities. It’s about how we make the right decisions in sometimes very difficult instances, which call for wisdom and judgment beyond textbook ethics and morals. It comes from the relentless effort to drive strong corporate performance and responsibility equally well.

Being a leader in today’s world requires grit, perseverance, discipline and a strong internal compass in addition to the basic set of leadership competencies like vision, agility and global literacies. We know that in order to remain the leader of banks, we need to bank on our leaders and invest in them. That is the only way we can develop and grow a cadre of Maybankers who are future ready to tackle the complex and oft-competing demands of this age.

So when the opportunity came up to sponsor The Global Institute for Leadership Development (GILD) Asia, we immediately recognised the potential synergies and what our leaders would be able to get out of such a unique learning platform. I am truly excited about GILD Asia and the opportunity for Maybank to not only be a thought leader in the space of leadership development and innovation, but also for the opportunity to realise our vision of “Advancing Asia’s Ambition” and at the same time, humanise financial services in yet another new and creative way for the people in this region.

Who Attends GILD Asia is the perfect platform to learn, share, network and collaborate with hundreds of other leaders from Asia and around the globe. GILD Asia attendees will range from high-potential emerging leaders to seasoned C-suite executives. They include:
  • Individuals identified as successor candidates or high-potentials
  • Individuals serving as strategic leaders with enterprise-wide focus and long-term impact (e.g., general managers, vice presidents, business unit leaders, staff function leaders, and C-suite executives)
  • Intact leadership teams who customize their GILD Asia experience to achieve a unique off-site team experience that blends leadership development and team building

Linkage’s first-ever Global Institute for Leadership Development in Singapore was held in July 2017. Over 400 leaders from around the world convened for 5 days of immersive learning including inspirational keynote speakers, small group discussion, 360° leadership assessment, and one-on-one coaching. “I have really enjoyed partnering with Linkage because I like the focus on leadership development. It’s not just about transferring tools, but it’s about how do we transform you where you are and where you are inspired to be as a leader. I also like the fact that they bring in a lot of different voices, because there is no one way to be a leader…When I walk away from this week, I’ll at least have the components and ingredients to now put it back together with who I am and figure out how I own this and then deploy some of these learnings. “– Carla Harris, Vice Chairman, Wealth Management; Senior Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley Why do organizations send their leaders to Linkage’s Global Institute for Leadership Development (GILD)? In this video, we hear from organizations who send their high-potential and senior leaders to GILD as a critical part of their development and advancement.
The Experience


Founder, Fast Company; Former Managing Editor of Harvard Business Review
Alan Webber is the Founder of Fast Company and former editor of the Harvard Business Review. He is a thought leader in leadership, economic development and government. He spent many years in public leadership in various roles, both at state and federal levels in the United States. He ran for Governor of New Mexico in 2014 unsuccessfully and founded One New Mexico, a solutions oriented nonprofit aimed at advancing New Mexico’s economy. He is the author of several books including Going Global, Rules of Thumb and Life Reimagined. He was the 2016 recipient of the Warren Bennis Award. LinkedIn                    Blog


Co-founder and President, CultureSync; Author
Dave Logan is Co-founder and President of CultureSync. He is consultant to three dozen Fortune 500 companies and the New York Times #1 author of 4 books, including Tribal Leadership and The Three Laws of Performance. He has been on the faculty of the USC Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California since 1991, where he co-taught the signature leadership courses with the late Professor Warren Bennis. He also served as Associate Dean of Executive Education at the school from 2001-2004. LinkedIn


Creator, the Music Paradigm; Author
Maestro Roger Nierenberg is Creator of The Music Paradigm. He was the Music Director of the Stamford Symphony and the Jacksonville Symphony. Once he realized how crucial issues of organizational development could be powerfully brought to life within an orchestra, he created The Music Paradigm. It has taken Roger to the podium of over 90 orchestras, before hundreds of different organizations in 23 different countries. LinkedIn                  Wikipedia


Dean of the Nanyang Business School
Professor Neo Boon Siong is Dean of the Nanyang Business School. He was the founder Director of the Information Management Research Centre in NTU, and the Asia Competitiveness Institute in NUS. Prof Neo currently serves as Director on the Boards of Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation Ltd, k1 Ventures Ltd, OUE REIT/Trust Management Pte Ltd, and J Lauritzen Singapore. He is the lead author of the best-selling book, Dynamic Governance: Embedding Culture, Capabilities and Change.


Professor, Boston University; Author
N. Venkat Venkatraman is Professor of Management and Chairman, Information Systems Department at  the Boston University Questrom School of Business. He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on digitalization, digital information technology, smart products and information governance, and the author of The Digital Matrix. He was awarded the IBM Faculty Fellowship for his work on business challenges in the network era, and has also won awards from the Academy of Management. LinkedIn                  Blog


Founder & Chairman, Inventure Group; Co-Chair, GILD Asia
Richard Leider is an Executive Coach and Author. He is recognized as one of America’s pre-eminent executive coaches. He has helped more than 100,000 leaders from over 100 organizations discover the power of their leadership purpose. Richard is the author of ten books including three bestsellers which have sold over one million copies. They include The Power of Purpose, Repacking Your Bags and Life Reimagined. Inventure Group                   LinkedIn                  Blog


President, Linkage Asia; Co-Chair, GILD Asia
Samuel Lam is the President and Managing Partner of Linkage Asia. He is one of the leading practitioners in the field of leadership development and serves as executive coach and adviser to a number of notable CEOs and senior government officials in Asia and Europe. He is the co-author of The Best Practices in Leadership Development Handbook published by John Wiley in 2009. Bloomberg Page


EVP and Principal Consultant, Linkage Inc.; Co-Founder, Women in Leadership Summit
Susan Brady is the Executive Vice President of Global Program Strategy and Development at Linkage. She is an expert coach and facilitator, well known for her focus on advancing women leaders. Now in its 18th year, Susan serves as the co-chair of Linkage’s Women in Leadership Institute™, and has published The 30-Second Guide to Coaching Your Inner Critic. She is also contributing author of Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Path to Leadership, and co-author of “Coaching Your Inner Critic” on  LinkedIn                    Blog


Founding Director, Ann & John Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University
Tom Kolditz is the Founding Director of the Ann and John Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University. Prior to Rice, he taught as a Professor in the Practice of Leadership and Management and Director of the Leadership Development Program at the Yale School of Management. A retired Brigadier and a highly experienced global leader, Tom has more than 26 years in business roles on four continents. He is the author of the book In Extremis Leadership: Leading as if Your Life Depended on It.
Venue & Logistics







All prices are in USD. For other GILD Asia customization pricing, please call +65.6223.2189 or contact us at Companies with active business operations in Singapore may be eligible to apply for Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) Scheme for GILD Asia. Click on Productivity and Innovation Credit Scheme to find more.

GRAND HYATT SINGAPORE 10 Scotts Road Singapore 228211

Phone: +65.6416.7020

One of the leading five-star hotels in Singapore, the Grand Hyatt promises an exceptional stay. Experiencing all the city has to offer is easy with the hotel’s prime location at the start of Orchard Road, the city’s bustling shopping and entertainment district. Please note that the hotel charges are not included in the Institute registration fee. Institute participants should contact Grand Hyatt Singapore directly to arrange for accommodations. A limited block of rooms will be available at a special event rate. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please make your reservation early. Please note there are also several other five-star hotels within walking distance of the Grand Hyatt for accommodation purposes. Click the button below to reserve your hotel room and enjoy special room rates for GILD Asia participants.



As a gateway to Asia, a dynamic business hub, a gleaming city-state, and a modern metropolis, Singapore has always been the perfect venue to host exhibitions and conferences. Linkage also chose Singapore as the location for GILD Asia because of its easy access for global participants, world-class facilities and infrastructure, professional services, exclusive event venues and cool attractions, all in a rich and unique Asian setting like nowhere else. As a compact city, it is convenient to travel around Singapore. If you would like to further explore this city, you may go to for more information.


Payment: Full tuition must be received in US funds. Group reservations will be billed to the primary contact unless otherwise specified. Cancellation: 50% of the Institute fee will be applied to any cancellation at any time. After 12 Feb 2018, cancellation of any and all registrations—including “no shows”—is subject to 80% of the Institute fee. After 9 March 2018, cancellation is subject to the full Institute fee. An organization may substitute one executive for another at any time at no charge.

What is a typical day at GILD like?

Every day will likely leave you thinking, “…Wow, that was an intense day of learning and personal reflection on what I need to do to become an even better leader!” Each day, you’ll be challenged to think differently by world-class thought leaders, and in your one-on-one coaching sessions and learning team discussions. You’ll receive feedback, including insight from your coach on how your colleagues perceive you as a leader. You’ll network with other global leaders and share your perspectives during your small-group “Learning Team” sessions.

What’s the difference between GILD and a leadership conference?

There are many things that set GILD apart from typical leadership conferences—here are a few of the key differences:
  • Designed around a leadership competency model to ensure you’re learning the most relevant content for your advancement
  • 360º assessment for real insight on your own personal leadership strengths and development areas, as noted by 3yourself and your direct reports, managers, and colleagues
  • One-on-one leadership development coaching based on your assessment results and dialogue
  • Facilitated small-group learning sessions (“learning teams,” see below) with peers who are benchmarked to ensure common leadership challenges and levels of experience

What is a learning team?

Learning teams are facilitator-led small groups (15-20 participants) that meet for 1.5 hours each day. During these sessions, participants discuss how to apply what they are learning from the faculty into their daily work lives to become better leaders. Linkage organizes each learning team so that people with similar years of management experience, similar scope of responsibility, similar learning style, and similar leadership challenges are grouped together—this pre-planning helps participants get the most out of the small groups and allows the development of lasting peer relationships.

Will I be in a learning team with colleagues from my organization?

Some organizations send a “cohort” of high-potential leaders or senior leaders and choose to keep them together through the GILD experience (called an “intact team”), while others elect to have participants experience GILD as individual leaders, dispersed among various learning teams. Both experiences offer valuable benefits. Ultimately, this is a choice you and your organization will make.

How does the Purposeful Leadership™ 360º leadership assessment work?

To complete the 360º component, you will nominate raters you would like to provide feedback (your manager, your direct reports, your peers, and others you believe would add valuable perspectives). Once you arrive at GILD, you and your coach will review your confidential assessment results—no one else receives the results unless you decide to share them. The assessment provides valuable insight on your leadership strengths and development areas. The Purposeful Leadership™ assessment is based on the Linkage proprietary leadership model and its related competencies.

How does leadership coaching work at GILD?

Prior to GILD Asia, you will have an opportunity to select your coach from a diverse pool of leadership coaches, based on biographical information shared with you before you arrive. Your selected coach will introduce him- or herself before the Institute to schedule a one-hour, on-site leadership coaching session during GILD Asia. In this session, your coach will help you to understand your assessment results, and to jointly craft your Individual Development Plan (IDP). After GILD Asia, you will virtually reconnect with your coach two more times, to discuss the implementation of your IDP, to monitor its progress, and to identify and/or modify next steps based on your current status. Additional leadership coaching, beyond the three sessions, is also an available option.

What will a participant learn from the various faculty members?

Though each session and GILD Asia faculty member varies, each will challenge you to think, behave, and motivate others differently with tools related to their particular area of expertise and competency.

Is there a dress code at GILD Asia?

The dress code is business casual. We suggest you bring comfortable shoes and a jacket (or shawl for ladies) since the program venue is air-conditioned and temperatures may vary as you move from room to room.

What if I have dietary restrictions?

Please notify us at if you have special dietary needs. Participants should also identify themselves to a member of the wait staff on-site at each meal.