The Evolved Leader: Unleash Your Intuitive Intelligence


Course introduction

This 2-days workshop will uncover the capabilities and qualities that define the different types of leaders and their leadership styles which will help to equip business leaders and managers with the knowledge and ability to identify potential followers within their organisation for suitable leadership roles to promote organisational growth and development. 

Wisdom is an integration of intelligence with experience and an integration of science and philosophy. Wisdom comes from living, from making mistakes, from listening to others and learning from others. This concept of ‘leadership by wisdom’ is highly relevant to today’s leadership study and development. The wisdom of a leader should embrace the virtues of benevolence and morality with deep insights and creativity in perspective. It is insufficient for a leader to be knowledgeable or intelligent yet far from wise. In today’s context, many leaders at organizational, national and international levels are grossly lacking in the wisdom to lead others. Wisdom is still a deficit in many of our world leaders today. In ancient China, education emphasized on teaching people to be wise rather than teaching people to be smart or skilful. A common Chinese saying is, “Learn to live likewise men.” It is about using what we have learnt and our wisdom to respond to the changing environment. 

To the school of humanism espoused by Confucius and Mencius, humanity is the core of all human races. The school of humanism endorsed the virtues of righteousness and benevolence in order for a leader to be effective. On the other hand, the legalistic scholars, Xunzi and Han Feizi emphasized that a leader must occupy the top position of a power hierarchy in order to effectively execute strict discipline and the penal code. To Xunzi and Han Feizi, the roots of a man’s evil nature are his selfishness and greed. The third key school of the hundred thoughts is naturalism put forward by Laozi. To naturalistic, a wise leader is characterized as having profound understanding, with deep insights into Nature and humans. In the process of developing the 5-level leadership model, the works of Mozi, Sunzi and Sun Bin were reviewed and applied.

Course Benefits

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to;

  • Learn and practice various Chinese classical leadership approaches (humanistic, and bureaucratic to strategic and naturalistic approaches) in leading different types of people, organization and situation.
  • Discuss how each leadership type achieves success and which leadership approach fits you best at the different level of your leadership position.
  • Develop a leadership style that suits your unique personality with a forward-thinking mindset.
  • Improve your efficiency and effectiveness by strengthening your management & leadership skills
  • How Strong Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Lead, Executive, Guide, Influence and Reflect.
  • How Evolved Leaders Gain Insight, Drive Change and Get Results in a dynamic business environment.
  • Becoming strategically agile and able to quickly respond to changes, threats and trends.
  • Direct new energies and time in leading your people to the higher level of excellence.
  • Understand and apply your personality, experience and preference and key success factors of a strong or great leader.
  • Recognise your leadership style or type and evaluate its effectiveness with your organisational structure.

Target Audience

This 2-Day Workshop is customized for senior executives from organizations with International Business. It enables participants to embark on careers with global responsibilities and leadership. It also provides opportunities to deepen essential skill-sets to navigate, lead and overcome the complexity of overseas markets.

  • Business leaders and directors from both the public and private sectors.
  • Entrepreneurs who wish to do business in China or with the Chinese community.
  • Those who havea great passion for Chinese classics and philosophies - Confucius, Mencius, Laozi, Zhuangzi, Liezi, Xunzi and Han Feizi). Those who seek to broaden and deepen their understandings of the psychology of the Chinese people.
  • Executives from middle to senior management. Individual or entrepreneurs who wish to conduct business in China or understand and apply leadership philosophies from the ancient Chinese perspective.
  • Individuals committed to deepening skills in Chinese leadership and internationalization including academicians and researcher.

Course Outline

Module 1: The evolution of Chinese culture and philosophies.
Module 2: The Principle of Reciprocity of the Chinese classics.
Module 3: The Development of Man model and a brief discussion on the key differences between a superior and an inferior man.
Module 4: Leadership study: An Overview. What is leadership from the Chinese perspective?
Module 5: Discuss the five-level of the leadership model:

  • The Ineffective Leader
  • The Effective Leader
  • The Benevolent Leader
  • The Wise Leader
  • The Evolved Leader
Module 6: Principle of Duality (the ‘Yin-Yang’ concept in the understanding of Leader-Follower relationship)
Module 7: Discuss the key traits and behaviours of a BAD LEADER.
  • The Concept of Discipline
  • Creates a clear structure
  • Installs an effective reward and punishment systems
Module 8: The key characteristics of the Benevolent Leader:
  • Morality and integrity
  • Humanism
  • Doctrine of Mean
Module 9: The key characteristics of the Wise Leader:
  • Steadfast – cool, calm and clear
  • Courageous and Righteousness
  • Enthusiasm and Endurance
Module 10: The key characteristics of the Evolved Leader:
  • Embracing
  • Paradoxical and Imagination
  • Fluidity and Non-action (‘wu-wei’) 
Module 11: The above is derived from the works of Naturalism put forward by Laozi, Zhuangzi and Liezi.
  • To be perfect is to possess the ability to embrace all the imperfections.
  • To be complete is to embrace all the incomplete.
  • To enjoy unlimited happiness is to embrace all happiness and unhappiness.
  • To be objective is to embrace all subjectivities.
  • To be holistic is to embrace all different viewpoints.
  • To be a selfless leader is to embrace all types of people.

Available Course Sessions

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Trainer Profile

Dr. Sheh Seow Wah

Dr. Sheh Seow Wahserves as a Management Consultant, Research Consultant, Seminar and Conference Speaker and Industry Trainer for several institutions for the past 20-25 years in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. His areas of specialization include Chinese classics, Chinese Family Business, Change Management and Research and Leadership and Management.

Currently, he is the Associate Lecturer for Singapore University of Social Sciences, RMIT-SIM (over 12 years) and University of Warwick, the UK for supervising Master degree candidate. He is the Adjunct Research Fellow for University of South Australia successfully supervised 18 doctorate students in Singapore/Hong Kong/China/Malaysia since 2002. He had sat on the Editorial Board of Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies journal.