A dedicated programme for leaders to enhance their competence and leadership for personal and organisational success

The hallmark of a great leader is the ability to lead and inspire others to reach greater heights.

The development of a capable individual contributor to a successful leader of others is one of the most rewarding career stages.

The Executive Certificate in Leadership and People Management explores the important management facets such as personal effectiveness in senior roles, leading strategies development and implementation, managing change in a diverse, challenging and rapidly evolving business environment, communicating effectively and developing talents. It is a dedicated programme for leaders and high potential managers to enhance their ability to manage with competence and lead for personal and organisational success.

The programme comprises of 6 3-day modules:

Module 1: Leadership for Strategic Impact
Module 2: Talent Management for Business Leaders
Module 3: Becoming a Whole Leader
Module 4: Taking Risk out of Risk – for a Change!
Module 5: Role of Effective Managers - Connecting the Dots!
Module 6: Driving Performance Excellence


Please click here for the module details and facilitators' profiles.


Programme Objectives

Upon successful completion of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate strong grasp of strategy and governance concepts 

  • Apply coaching techniques in engaging employees

  • Analyse company’s organisational capability

  • Effectively communicate a unique personal brand

  • Identify opportunities for change and innovation

  • Build, manage and leverage people networks

  • Implement strategies to motivate and reward staff performance

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.

WSQ Accreditation

This programme is accredited under the Leadership and People Management WSQ Framework which focuses on bolstering leadership and people management practices in Singapore. Statements of Attainment (SOAs) are awarded upon passing of the assessment and successful completion of each module. Participants who are either Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents will also benefit from the 70% WSQ Course Fee Grant.

Please click here for the details.


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 incorporating the relevant WSQ Statement of Attainment (SOA).

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.

Type of Course



Management and Leadership

Instructional Methods and 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. 

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.


Formal Assessments
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. 

Fees and Funding

Self-Funded Company-Sponsored

Fee per module payable to SMU

S$2,728.50 (after GST) per person

Fee per module payable to SMU after 70% WSQ Course Fee Grant (for Singapore Citizens / Permanent Residents only)

S$818.55 (after GST) per person

Fee per module payable to SMU after 70% WSQ Course Fee Grant & 20% SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (for Singapore Citizens aged 40 & above)

S$308.55 (after GST) per person S$818.55 (after GST) per person

(Company to claim for Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy via SkillsConnect)

SkillsFuture Credit
Singapore Citizens aged 25 and above, and self-funding may use their SkillsFuture Credit (up to S$500) to defray part of the course fee. Please click here for the User Guide on how to claim for SkillsFuture Credit. Claim should be submitted via the Training Exchange.

Union Training Assistance Programme (UTAP)
All NTUC union members are eligible for UTAP funding (up to S$250 per annum). Please click here for more information on UTAP and application.


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 can apply to enjoy subsidy of an additional 20% of the course fees when they sponsor their employees for programme.  For more information, please visit SkillsConnect.


  • Participants should ideally be a Head of Department or senior business executive with more than 5 years of significant managerial responsibilities; or

  •  Aspiring leaders who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential in their course of work and having direct reports.

Programme Registration

Registrants are required to submit all the following documents within 7 days upon completing their online registration via email to cps@smu.edu.sg:

  1. NRIC for Singapore Citizen & PR / Passport (identify page) for foreigner (scanned copy)

  2. Certificate of highest qualification (scanned copy)

  3. Updated Curriculum Vitae reflecting managerial experience and current number of direct reports

Programme Policies

Please click here for the programme policies on registration / substitution / deferment / withdrawal / refund.

Course Dates

Module 1: 10 - 12 Oct 2017 [Full]
Module 2: 15 - 17 Nov 2017 [Closed]
Module 3: 4 - 6 Dec 2017 [Full]
Module 4: 24 - 26 Jan 2018 [1 Seat Left]
Module 5: 26 - 28 Feb 2018 [Full]
Module 6: 14 - 16 Mar 2018 [4 Seats Left]


Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm daily


Waiting List: From time to time, seats in current or upcoming intakes may be opened up. Please email cps@smu.edu.sg 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. NRIC for Singapore Citizen / PR or passport for foreigners (scanned copy)

  2. Highest qualification certificate (scanned copy)

  3. Updated Curriculum Vitae (indicating managerial experience & no. of direct reports)