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 download the brochure 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.

Participants' Profiles (Intake 1 to 5)

LPM Participants Profiles

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. Please click here to read more about Mercer.

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 download the brochure 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).


Participants who failed the assessment will be given a chance for re-assessment at a re-assessment fee of S$481.50 (incl. 7% GST). Each participant is allowed up to 2 re-assessments per module. 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.

In order to be awarded with the Executive Certificate in Leadership & 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

Full fee per module:
SGD2,728.50 (incl. 7% GST) per person


For Singapore Citizens / Permanent Residents
Fee per module payable to SMU after 70% SSG Funding:
SGD818.55 (incl. 7% GST) per person


For Singapore Citizens aged 40 years & above
Fee per module payable to SMU after 70% SSG Funding & 20% SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (details):
SGD308.55 (incl. 7% GST) per person


For Singapore Citizens aged 35 years & above (13 years & above for Persons with Disabilities),
earning a monthly income of not more than SGD2,000 and self-funded 

Fee per module payable to SMU after 70% SSG Funding & 25% Workfare Training Support Scheme (details):
SGD181.05 (incl. 7% GST) per person


For SMEs* sponsoring their employees who are Singapore Citizens / Permanent Residents
Fee per module payable to SMU after 70% SSG Funding & 20% Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (details): 
SGD308.55  (incl. 7% GST) per person



The above mentioned fees and funding are applicable to intake 6.


Fees include tuition, course materials, instructor's fee, 2 tea break refreshments per day (excl. lunch) during the module and 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 S$500) 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 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 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:

  1. Organisation must be registered or incorporated in Singapore
  2. At least 30% local shareholding by Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents
  3. Employment size of not more than 200 (at group level) or with annual sales turnover (at group level) of not more than S$100 million
  4. Trainees must be hired in accordance with the Employment Act and fully sponsored by their employers for the course
  5. Trainees must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents



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.


  • 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 the following documents at the point of registration:

  1. NRIC (front & back) for Singapore Citizen / PR or Passport (identity page) for foreigners (scanned copy); and

  2. Qualification certificate(s) (scanned copy); and

  3. Updated Curriculum Vitae detailing your work experience and current number of direct reports;

  4. Any other supporting documents e.g. company's recommendation letter, organisational chart


Singapore Management University


Refreshments will be provided for the 2 tea breaks each day during the programme. Lunch is not provided. Refreshments provided are “no pork no lard”. If you have special dietary requirements, please inform us accordingly.

Programme Policies

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

Graduation 2017

SMU Academy celebrated the graduation of 80 participants of the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualifications (WSQ) accredited HR Graduate Certification (HR) and Executive Certificate in Leadership & People Management (LPM) programmes on 26 October 2017. The graduands received their graduation certificates from Dr Lim Lai Cheng, Executive Director, SMU Academy and celebrated the special occasion with fellow graduands, faculty members and guests.  Please click here to read more.

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 [Full]
Module 5: 26 - 28 Feb 2018 [Full]
Module 6: 14 - 16 Mar 2018 [Closed]



Module 1: 18 - 20 Apr 2018 [Full]
Module 2: 12 - 14 Jun 2018 [Full]
Module 3: 22 - 24 May 2018 [Full]
Module 4: 25 - 27 Jul 2018 [Confirmed to commence]
Module 5: 3 - 5 Sep 2018 [Confirmed to commence]
Module 6: 15 - 17 Aug 2018 [Confirmed to commence]


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)