Becoming a Whole Leader

Programme Code: CRS-Q-0026701-LPM (Funding Validity Period: 6 Apr 2018 - 30 Sep 2020) | This module is part of Executive Certificate in Leadership and People Management


Companies are increasingly focused on driving an aggressive growth agenda and prioritising innovation to deal with today’s fast moving, interconnected, complex, and globally diverse marketplace. As a result, expectations of leaders are higher than ever before. Consider these leader profiles:

• Has brilliant ideas but does not follow through to bring them to fruition.
• Is incredibly hard working but lacks the ability to collaborate with others.
• Is laser focused on ambitious goals but is afraid to take calculated risks.

Do these sound like successful leaders? The next great CEO? Not likely. Why? They are all partial leaders.

Whole leaders know how to leverage their strengths, but they can also recognise when a different approach is needed. This three-day module offers senior managers the knowledge and skills required for Whole Leadership. The module covers areas necessary for personal effectiveness in senior roles, such as effective collaboration techniques, influence strategies, and executive presence. 

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Fee SGD2728.50* (as low as SGD181.05* after maximum funding) Learn more

3 days


Singapore Management University

Programme Partner


SMU has partnered Mercer to jointly design and deliver the programme. The unique partnership offers participants the  powerful combination of the best in class research and industry practices that are globally oriented, with special relevancy to the Asian business environment.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module, participants will be able to:

  • communicate effectively.
  • influence management team and organisation decision making.
  • develop own leadership style and capability.

Work towards a bigger goal

This module is part of:

Executive Certificate in Leadership and People Management

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  • Whole Leadership Overview
  • Personal Brand and Executive Presence
  • Effective Communication
  • Team Alignment
  • Influencing Techniques

Who Should Attend

Middle to senior level executives who wish to:

  • enhance their leadership and people management skills and
  • extend their competencies to lead with purpose.


Participants should:

  • ideally be a Head of Department or senior business executive with more than 5 years of significant managerial responsibilities; or
  • business leaders who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential in their course of work; and \
  • have direct reports.

Participants’ Profiles (Intake 1 to 6)



Aside from the seminar styled teaching method used in class, there will also be extensive use of experiential learning methods to put into practice the theories that have been learned. Normally, such learning activities will be done in groups.  Every time that you are required to do work in a group, you will be randomly assigned so that opportunities will be created for you to know your fellow classmates for the purposes of networking plus observing their participation and contribution in class.

There will be a variety of assessments for each module which include, but not limited to presentation, written assignment, class exercise, case studies analysis and individual written assessment.


For each module, participants have to meet a minimum attendance rate of 75% and are required to complete the assessments. Only upon passing of the assessments and successful completion of each module, will participants be issued a Certificate of Completion.

The Certificate of Completion incorporates the Statements of Attainment (SOAs) awarded under the Leadership and People Management Framework of the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) system.

In order to be awarded with the Executive Certificate in Leadership and People Management, participants are required to complete all 6 modules within a maximum duration of 3 years.

Learning Activities

Leveraging on SMU’s distinctive pedagogy for interactive, discussion driven and thought provoking seminar-style teaching, and Mercer’s experience in helping clients achieve lasting impact and measureable results in business performance in more than 125 countries, we aim to provide our participants with the ability to translate the learning and insights into practice at the workplace. A variety of teaching methods such as experiential learning, role plays, case discussions, presentations, exercises, assignments and oral questioning will be employed by the programme’s faculty in the training sessions. There will also be formal assessments for every module which serve to assess a participant’s understanding of the subject matter.

Fees and Funding

FULL FEE S$2,728.50* per person

For Singapore Citizens / Permanent Residents

Fee payable to SMU after 70% SSG FundingS$818.55* per person


Fee payable to SMU after 70% SSG Funding & 20% SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced SubsidyS$308.55* per person
For Singapore Citizens aged 35 years & above (13 years & above for Persons with Disabilities) earning a monthly income of not more than SGD2,000Fee payable to SMU after 70% SSG Funding & 25% Workfare Training Support SchemeS$181.05* per person
For SMEs* sponsoring their employees who are Singapore Citizens / Permanent ResidentsFee payable to SMU after 70% SSG Funding & 20% Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (Please refer to below for ETSS criteria)S$308.55* per person

*(incl. 7% GST)

Fees include:

  • tuition
  • course materials
  • instructor's fee
  • 2 tea break refreshments per day (excl. lunch) during the module
  • 1 assessment per person for each module.

Re-assessment fee at SGD481.50 (incl. 7% GST) per attempt, up to a maximum of 2 re-assessments per person for each module. Please note that re-assessment fee is not supported by the SSG Funding.

The first re-assessment has to be taken within 2 weeks after the notification of result. The first re-assessment will be held on a weekday specified by SMU Academy and conducted from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

SkillsFuture Credit

Singapore Citizens aged 25 and above, and self-funding may use their SkillsFuture Credit (up to SGD500) to defray part of the course fee. With effect from 19 May 2017, SkillsFuture Credit claim will only be paid directly to the training provider from SkillsFuture Singapore.  Claim should be submitted via the Training Exchange (click here) and SMU Academy has to be informed on the Claim ID no. and claim amount in order for the correct payable course fee amount to be reflected on the invoice.  Please click here for the SkillsFuture Credit Booklet / User Guide on how to claim for SkillsFuture Credit

Absentee Payroll

Companies who sponsor their employees for the programme are eligible to apply for absentee payroll via the SkillsConnect system.  For more information, please visit SkillsConnect.

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs

SMEs must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Organisation must be registered or incorporated in Singapore
  • At least 30% local shareholding by Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
  • Employment size of not more than 200 (at group level) or with annual sales turnover (at group level) of not more than SGD100 million
  • Trainees must be hired in accordance with the Employment Act and fully sponsored by their employers for the course
  • Trainees must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)

All NTUC union members and self-funding are eligible for UTAP funding (up to SGD250 per annum).  Please click here for more information on UTAP and application. 


Start Date(s)
Intake Information
INTAKE 705 – 07 Dec 2018 (9.00am – 5.00pm) Fully Subscribed
INTAKE 817 – 19 Jun 2019 (9.00am – 5.00pm) Fully Subscribed
INTAKE 915 – 17 Jan 2020 (9.00am – 5.00pm) Open for Registration

Speaker/Trainer Bio

Mercer Affiliated Faculty

For over 20 years, Wiboon has worked with LVMH Wines and Spirits as their Regional Director and Managing Director for various Asian markets, responsible for all business functions and P&L.  During the period, Wiboon continues to share his expertise with MBA students and is currently a visiting professor on “Strategic Brand Management”. He also has led and participated in a number of internal management coaching and training programmes at LVMH.
Wiboon was the Regional Director of MH Asia Pacific and led a team of over 10 Managing Directors, Regional offices' Finance and HR Directors and more than 600 employees in South East Asia and India.  The region was one of the fastest growing for MH Asia Pacific.  He has founded MH Taiwan and served as its first Managing Director. MH Taiwan went on to become one of the top ten largest global markets for MH.  Wiboon also served as the Marketing Director for MH Thailand, which he led strategic branding and marketing plan for the fast growing market. 
Academically, Wiboon is currently a Visiting Professor of the MBA programme of the Thammasat University in Thailand. Before joining the industry, he was an Assistant Professor of Marketing & International Business at the Washington State University.  He has a PhD in Business Administration (Marketing & International Business) from the University of Maryland, Master in Business Administration from Thammasat University and Bachelor of Engineering from the Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Additional Details

WSQ Accreditation

This module incorporates the Statement of Attainment (SOA) awarded under the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) system for the following Leadership & People Management (LPM) Skill Standard:

  • Develop Self to Maintain Professional Competence at Senior Management Level (LPM-PER-501C-0) 

WSQ Course Reference No.: CRS-Q-0026701-LPM

Programme Registration

Registrants are required to submit the following supporting documents via the registration system at the point of registration:

  1. Highest qualification certificate (scanned copy); and
  2. Updated Curriculum Vitae detailing managerial experience and number of direct reports; and
  3. Complete organisational chart showing the registrant's position;
  4. Any other supporting documents e.g. company's recommendation letter

Waiting List

From time to time, seats in current or upcoming intakes may be opened up. Please email your (i) full name, (ii) job designation, (iii) company name, (iv) contact no. and (v) intake (all modules) / selected module(s) & class dates, as well as all the following documents, to be registered on our waiting list.

  1. Qualification certificate(s) (scanned copy); and
  2. Updated Curriculum Vitae detailing managerial experience and number of direct reports; and
  3. Complete organisational chart showing the registrant's position


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