Asia Emerging Leaders Initiative (PH Emerging Leaders Initiative)

  • Asia Emerging Leaders Initiative (PH Emerging Leaders Initiative): “Global Change Agents: Leadership for Social and Economic Renewal”

  • April 19-21, 2018

  • Manila, Philippines

  • USD 2850 (limited to 30 participants) / Early payment of USD 2450 by March 10, 2018

  • Working Professionals in business, government, and international organizations in high-level decision making roles; recommended aged 28 to 45 years old

  • +6014-2275-830 (Viber and WhatsApp)

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In today’s turbulent times, political and business leaders are faced with volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environments where old models of leadership are no longer sufficient. Those seeking to initiate social and economic renewal in their communities often face prevailing and entrenched systems, values, or beliefs that make progress in their work seemingly impossible. To respond to these challenges and turn downsides into upsides require creative thinking and a new framework for the exercise of leadership.

Content Overview

This program is designed to help rising professionals exercise leadership as a change agent that can cross boundaries and build bridges. You will learn the adaptive leadership paradigm taught at professional graduate schools at Harvard, including Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, to develop the capacity for leadership that goes far beyond managerial expertise into the realm of generating creative problem solving.

Participants will undergo plenary sessions and mentorship under Professor Dean Williams, Faculty Chair of the Global Change Agents Executive Education program at Harvard University. You will be taught strategies to solve complex organizational problems, and be provoked to think deeply and broadly about your position of influence, and the impact your decisions may have on yourself and your community. You will also learn best practices to deal with the unpredictable as the norm, how to inspire others to transcend parochial habits and mind-sets, how to orchestrate adaptive and creative problem solving, how to help chart a new course while preserving current value, and how to mobilize others to produce breakthrough results that go beyond what is currently imagined or foreseen.

“Earth shakers figuratively shake the ground on which we work and live. They stir people to action to address tough problems. They mobilize people to fix what is flawed or broken … The earth shaker is a global change agent.”
– Professor Dean Williams


Through the program, you will:

  • Learn to orchestrate a process of adaptive change and creative problem solving in times of uncertainty
  • Learn methods to develop skills to build a collaborative ecosystem
  • Learn how to manage competing stakeholders and the losses associated with change
  • Learn how to use creativity, power, and authority to mobilize teams
  • Be exposed to real-world problems that impact local dynamics
  • Gain the framework of becoming effective change agents in a dynamic world
Challenges of the Real World

The program has been developed in response to insights received from practitioners on the ground in the Philippines:


  • to effectively deliberate or communicate on policy positions to a range of stakeholders including media, big business, and the community at large
  • to work effectively with communities with diverse needs and jointly create lasting change


  • to foster meaningful engagement with the workforce and together articulate shared goals and purpose in the organization
  • business to be used as a force for good
  • to shape the business environment and create an effective platform for discourse and reform
  • to institute a culture of professionalism and fast adoption

International Organizations (IO)

  • to address the silos and gaps of communication between business, government, and IO/NPOs in solving challenges
  • to work effectively with multiple stakeholders and bureaucracy.
The Adaptive Leadership Framework

A leadership approach developed at the Harvard Kennedy School and voted by its alumni as the most impactful on their professional lives. Click here for more on the origins of the adaptive leadership framework.

Teaching Faculty

Professor Dean Williams teaches at Harvard University’s Kennedy School and is based at the Center for Public Leadership. He is the author of Real Leadership: Helping People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges and Leadership for a Fractured World: How to Cross Boundaries, Build Bridges, and Lead Change.

Dean served as an adviser on reform and development for the governments of Australia, Singapore, Nigeria, Brunei, East Timor and Madagascar, and consulted with numerous corporations worldwide on leadership development and organizational change. One of Williams’ goals, is to bring “full reality” into the classroom and the field of leadership.”

“Dean Williams is an idealist who has set out to embrace the challenges of the real world” – from the article Leadership: Real and Imagined

Samuel Kim is the Co-founder and President of the Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives. Passionate about nurturing and empowering talents in Asia, he has developed programs in over 22 countries to help emerging leaders enhance their leadership competencies to navigate challenges in the 21st century. Samuel aims to engage with youth in all 48 countries in Asia by 2022 and inspire them to enact change in the world. Read more

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