Art of Chinese Leadership
Globalization, technological advances, and cultural changes have opened the door for a new winning formula that combines traditional competition with contemporary strategic thinking. A Strong leader acts as the brain of an organization. They are the key decision makers impacting the success of the business. Successful organizations are not run by a committee but under the leadership of strong individuals. This workshop explores the capabilities and qualities that define leaders and their leadership styles. It will help to equip business leaders and managers with the knowledge and ability to identify potential candidates within their organization for suitable leadership roles to promote organizational growth.
Wise Leadership – Timeless Wisdom from The Ancient Chinese
The ancient Chinese philosophers and thinkers were fully subscribed to the importance of good leadership, especially the wisdom of a ruler or leader. They reviewed extensively and discussed the quality of a wise ruler. They derived that a good leader is built upon a foundation of moral authority and sets virtuous examples for his subordinates to follow.
Wisdom is an integration of intelligence with experience and an integration of science and philosophy. Wisdom comes from living, from making mistakes, from listening 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, 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.
A 2 Day Masterclass to Determine Which Leadership Fits You Best
Understanding that there is No-One-size fits all cookie cutter leadership model. This 2-day masterclass will explore the leadership styles, types and approaches of various Chinese rulers and strategists. You will walk through the various leadership styles drawing references from historical leaders of china. This class will shed light on the different levels of leadership and their practical impact to your leadership, management style and philosophy. You will explore the capabilities and qualities that define leaders and their leadership styles. Equip business leaders and managers with the knowledge and ability to identify potential candidates within their organization for suitable leadership roles to promote organizational growth.
At the end of these 2-day workshops, participants will be able to:
- Learn and practice various Chinese classical leadership approaches (humanistic, bureaucratic and naturalistic ways) in leading different types of people, organizations and situations.
- Share and demonstrate how each leadership type achieves success and which leadership approach fits you best
- Develop a leadership style that suits your unique personality with a forward-thinking mindset
- Gain global perspectives and valuable insights from highly experienced faculty and like-minded peers
- Improve your performance by strengthening your management & leadership skills
- How great leaders inspire everyone to take action, manage, lead & coach
- How effective leaders gain insight, drive change, and get results in a turbulent business environment
- Develop effective decision making and problem-solving skills
- Reframe strategic questions to increase and expand business options and opportunities
- Become strategically agile and able to quickly respond to changes, threats and trends
- Direct new energies and time to lead your people to higher level of excellence
- Understand and apply the DNA and Key success factors of a strong or great leader
- Recognise your leadership style and evaluate its effectiveness with your organizational structure
Proposed Course Outline
- The evolution of Chinese culture and why are hundreds of Harvard students studying ancient Chinese philosophies? A brief overview of Chinese history.
- Overview of Chinese philosophy and leadership followed by a brief review of the ancient Chinese ruler-ship or emperor-ship.
- What is leadership from the Chinese perspective? What is wisdom?
- Discussion of Humanistic approach and develop a list of traits:
- Confucian Ethics
- Principle of Humanism
- Human Relationship
- Doctrine of Moderation
- A list of behavioral traits of a great and wise leader
- Discussion of Legalistic approach and develop a list of traits of a bureaucratic and disciplined leader such as:
- Concept of Discipline
- Rules and Regulations
- Organizational Authority and Structure
- Reward and Punishment system
- A list of characteristics of a weak/poor leader will be discussed
- The principles of Naturalism and the development of:
- An altruistic leader;
- A paradoxical leader;
- The Athena doctrine of a leader;
- The law of subtraction; and
- The principle of relative.
- A brief discussion of strategic approach based on the works of Sunzi and Sun Bin.
- Discuss a list of characteristics (both capabilities and qualities) that make a great leader.
- How to nurture a great leader through self cultivation?
FACILTATOR: DR SHEH SEOW WAH
Dr SHEH serves 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, 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. Over the past 20 years, he had published over 80-100 articles and journal papers locally and international and he had authored 9 books namely,
- “Chinese Management” (1995)
- “Chinese Wisdom on Life and Management” (1998)- both in English and Indonesian language
- “Chinese Leadership: Moving from Classical to Contemporary” (2003/2009)- both in English and Indonesian language
- “The Natural Way: Lessons from Lao Zi and Zhuang Zi” (2009)
- “The Humanistic Way: Lessons from Confucius and Mencius” (2009)
- “The Strategic Way: Lessons from the Chinese Strategic Thinkers” (2010)
- “The Legalistic Way: Lessons from Xun Zi and Han Fei Zi (2011)
- “Wise Leadership: Timeless Wisdom From The Ancient Chinese” (2013)
- “No Beginning Is The Beginning” (2017)