Launched at the 2019 State of the University Address, Lead@NTU is a series of comprehensive, and highly interactive programmes that Engage and Accelerate leadership development. We created this programme to bring leaders from faculty and staff together for a highly integrated, multidisciplinary view of strategy, leadership and organisation, through in-person and experiential learning, exploration, tools, and community, to drive innovation in their organisations.

Participants will be empowered to become strategic leaders focused on the complex responsibilities and operational challenges of global leadership. Focused on accelerating personal and team growth, participants will receive individual coaching to identify your personal leadership strengths and gaps. Participants will also benefit from the opportunity to build close, trusting relationships with a small and diverse group of senior leaders who understand your leadership challenges, and are able to provide a sounding board for perspectives and counsel, even way after the programme.

Participants will also have the opportunity to hear and learn from distinguished guest speakers, who will share how they overcame diversity and leadership challenges. 

Lead@NTU​ Programmes

The Lead@NTU programmes bring together leaders from facul​ty and staff for a highly integrated, multidisciplinary view of strategy, leadership and organisation in-person training, exploration and development. We combine the best of NTU and external experts from industry and academia to share cutting-edge insights and tools. ​

Leaders learn, engage and accelerate development through real-time experience, experiential learning, tools and networking to create value and impact.

These highly customised and interactive programmes are designed to address each participant’s unique developmental needs.

  • LEAD 1 - Builds the necessary skills and insights to become a better leader. Includes self-assessments, common 101 leadership modules and differentiated modules for faculty and staff.
  • LEAD 2 - Centres around crucial topics such as strategy, problem-solving, communication, and team management. Individual assessment and coaching are key here.
  • LEAD 3 - Core pillars in leadership, strategy and executive designed to drive sustained personal and organisational performance.

In addition to the leadership programmes, Lead@NTU provides a platform that connects mentors and mentees.

Engage with peers and senior leaders in a one-on-one and confidential setting to discuss goals, challenges, and role-specific issues, while counseling and learning from one another. It aims to provide leadership guidance on almost every aspect of both NTU and global best practices such as career exploration, corporate culture, soft skills development, organisational understanding and networking opportunities.

These cross-segment learning and collaboration is one of the main highlights of the programme.

Putting leadership development at the heart of capability building goes beyond continuous learning, evolving, and leadership skills development.

The Lead@NTU programmes include​ engagement with inspirational leaders such as the Nanyang Professors of the Practice and prominent CEOs, workshops, discussions and networking that help participants learn how to better play to their strengths. Above all, it enables participants to cultivate internal and external networks as a source of support to promote collaboration across organisational boundaries and to help employees embrace change through dialogues and engagement. ​

The Lead@NTU fellowship is granted each year to outstanding participants of Lead@NTU to enable them to pursue additional developmental and learning opportunities. It is designed to cover additional leadership learning that will strengthen the nominees’ personal capabilities and help them become as effective as possible in leadership situations.​​

The inaugural Mary Suresh Leadership Award (MSLA) recognises participants who demonstrate commitment to continuous learning and inspire others towards leadership development. MSLA is a personal contribution by NTU President Professor Subra Suresh, who names the annual award after his wife Mary Suresh. It's his personal commitment, leadership and support towards leadership development at the University. 


  • Participants of Lead2@NTU and Impactful Leadership of Student Leadership Development Programme (SLDP)

Award Criteria: 

  • Promotes a learning environment that is respectful and inclusive
  • Builds strong relationship that facilitates trust level with cohort, facilitators and sponsors
  • Actively engages cohort in collaborative learning and sharing beyond workshops
  • Demonstrates ability to communicate with impact 

Selection process:

  • Peer nomination based on criteria established
  • Inputs from sponsors/mentors
  • Final review by selection committee

The award winners (one faculty, one staff and one student) will be announced at the Lead@NTU Capstone Event.

Lead@NTU graduates automatically become a member of the Lead@NTU Alumni. 

Purpose of Lead@NTU Alumni

  • Foster, maintain and support a mutually beneficial relationship between alumni and the University. 
  • Champion life-long learning.
  • Alumni members will play an important role as change agents, ambassadors, influencers for leadership development within the University. 
  • Essential partner of the University to drive OneNTU culture. 

Alumni members are entitled to participate in all programmes, events and activities such as Alumni Book Club, Speed mentoring, Speakers series and many more.

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