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The Iclif Leadership and Governance Centre
TypeNot-for-profit, executive education
Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz (Chairman)
Megat Zaharuddin
Shaik Abdul Rasheed Bin Abdul Ghaffour

The Iclif Leadership and Governance Centre (Iclif) is non-profit organisation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, dedicated to executive education, research, coaching and advisory services in the areas of leadership development and corporate governance.

Iclif was created and funded by Bank Negara Malaysia (The Central Bank of Malaysia) in 2003[1][2] as an independent non-profit organisation. It received a significant funding boost from Bank Negara in 2010 to RM800mil.[3] Iclif’s aim is to provide highly practical and relevant executive development and advisory services in Malaysia and globally across all industry and government sectors.[citation needed] As the only organisation in the region that focuses both on leadership and corporate governance[4][additional citation(s) needed], their aim is to deliver holistic and sustainable solutions to their clients.[citation needed]

Their international faculty members bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from elite academic institutions and Fortune 500 companies.[5][6] They are mostly based in Asia, and conduct applied research in the Asian context.[citation needed]

From the start, Iclif has been driven by the goals of sustainability, performance and good governance.[citation needed]

Originally, Iclif was focused on the financial services industry in Malaysia.[7] However, as national and global economies became more connected, Iclif has since expanded into varied economic sectors across Asia and beyond.[8]

Leadership Philosophy

Iclif defines leadership as the art of harnessing human energy towards the creation of a better future. The organisation typically challenges conventional wisdom and rejects common textbook models in favour of more practical and contemporary leadership perspectives.[9]

Some of these perspectives include:

·        The idea that leadership is not derived from a title or position, nor is it used merely to direct or command others

·        How leadership is about creating change for a better future, where this commonly encounters huge resistance along the way

·        How not giving up in the face of resistance is at the heart of powerful leadership, and how there are no competencies or models for not giving up

·        The presence of deep intrinsic leadership energy as a driver for leaders to stay the course despite resistance; this leadership energy cannot be learned or acquired from

promotion, but must be self-discovered

·        Having high Emotional Integrity, wherein this is a pre-requisite to maximising leadership energy

·        How discovering sources of personal leadership energy is the prelude to aligning and maximising the energy of others

·        The role of corporate governance in ensuring leadership energy is focussed on ethical, sustainable and responsible pursuits

These concepts and perspectives leverage on proprietary research directed at enabling individuals and corporations to maximise personal and organisational potential. As a result, Iclif programmes and services are designed to be practical, usable and instantly applicable to real-life situations.

Iclif appoints faculty members primarily from elite academic institutions and Fortune 500 organisations. The diverse faculty blends international experience with localised know-how and specialised knowledge in specific industries and/or disciplines. Some faculty members are renowned experts in corporate governance while others are practicing leadership coaches. The faculty, as a whole, focuses on developing positive leadership energy and helping clients channel it throughout the entire organisation, whilst committing to uphold the highest standards of corporate governance.

As at Dec 2017,Iclif's faculty includes:

  • Rajeev Peshawaria (http://rajeevpeshawaria.com/)
  • Muhammad Sabri Rawi
  • Peter Webb
  • Michael E Kossler
  • Paul B. Suprenant
  • Dr. Thun Thamrongnawasawat
  • Karen R Shepherdson
  • Michael E Kossler
  • Lily Wong
  • Michele Sagan
  • Johan Raslan
  • Kevin D Asbjornson
  • Luciano Pezzotta
  • Dr. Kiran Bedi
  • Prof Nabil N. El-Hage
  • Dr Robert P. Bood
  • Dr Ronald M. Bradfield
  • Rod McGowan
  • Vijay Bhat
  • Youseff A Nasr
  • Phillip Tan Puay Koon
  • Thierry Bardury
  • Yew Tee Tee
  • Wong Siew Li
  • Cecilia Chan

Programmes[edit | edit source]

Iclif continues to be Malaysia’s foremost centre for leadership development and corporate governance, although it has evolved beyond its initial charter to conduct programmes for Malaysian financial institutions only. Iclif now conducts programmes for all corporates in Malaysia and in neighboring countries including Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, India and the Middle East.

Leadership Curriculum

Programmes built on the proprietary concept of leadership energy are the main thrust of Iclif’s curriculum. Iclif’s programmes also put special focus on training potential leaders, arming them with the skills required to improve their performance.

Iclif offers five open enrolment programmes:

•Leading Leaders Programme: To help senior level managers maximise the performance of their enterprises in building sustainable, high-energy organisations. This programme focuses on coaching leaders to develop their personal leadership capabilities and helping them align their organisation towards high performances standards.

•Emerging Leaders Programme: Focuses on the development of high-performing managers identified as future leaders. The programme takes them through the fundamental principles of great leadership and how these principles can apply to their particular situation.  

•The Accelerate Workshop Series: A series of stand-alone one or two-day workshops that arm leaders and potential leaders with practical leadership skillsets that are essential for the contemporary workplace and environment.

•Youth Programme: A programme created to nurture the next generation of leaders by instilling core leadership values in teenagers and youth.

•Women’s Programme:  Designed as a way of closing the gender gap in leadership by focusing on high potential women, this programme combines interactive classroom sessions, personal reflection and leadership coaching.

In addition to its core programmes, Iclif also runs other modules on a seasonal basis. These include:

·        Accomplished Leadership

·        Accomplished Manager

·        Advanced Leadership

·        Be An Extraordinary Leader

·        Building Teams

·        Business Leaders: Leading Across Cultures

·        Connecting The Dots

·        Developing Results Through People

·        Employee Engagement

·        Essential Leadership

·        Executive Leadership

·        High Impact Leadership

·        High Performance Communication

·        Leadership Communication

·        Leadership Development

·        Leadership for Sustainable Growth

·        Leading High Performing Teams

·        New Learning Strategies for the Workplace

·        New Talent Equation

·        Performance Driven Leadership

·        Personal Leadership and Managing Your People

·        Senior Leaders Coaching Skill

·        Senior Leadership

·       Senior Manager Leadership

Iclif’s Custom Built Solutions

While Iclif’s open enrolment programmes offer individuals an opportunity to expand their personal leadership perspectives, its customised programmes address widespread capability building needs of corporations and civil services. These programmes are designed to tackle contemporary organisational challenges in order to ensure development can take place comprehensively at all levels.

Designing a custom-built programme typically involves close discussions with key organisation representatives to identify core objectives and gaps to be closed. Programmes and interventions are created based on the insights and data gleaned from this information gathering process. Each solution is unique and created to be 100% usable and practical bearing in mind each organisation’s environment, culture and nature of business.

Iclif has custom-built programmes for Fortune 500 companies in over 20 countries.

Iclif’s Human Capital Consulting

Iclif provides Human Capital Consulting built on the premise that ‘a company reaching its full, collective potential boils down to the interplay and effectiveness of three pillars of growth: Strategy, Organisational Architecture and Culture’. The Iclif perspective is that these form the Brains, Bones and Nerves on an organisation wherein alignment between these pillars maximises longevity and success. Following a diagnosis of an organisation’s needs, Iclif representatives created actionable solutions to help leadership tough internal challenges in order to help improve individual and workforce performance.

Corporate Governance Curriculum

Alongside its leadership curriculum, Iclif conducts Corporate Governance programmes that ‘aim to hone and sharpen the skills of directors to lead high-impact boards’.

Iclif conducts the Financial Institutions Directors’ Education (FIDE) programme, a mandatory programme for directors of financial institutions in Malaysia. The suite of FIDE programmes consists of a Core programme and supplementary Elective programmes.

  • The FIDE Core Programme: To enhance boardroom governance within the financial sector and develop world class directors who are advocates of best practices and excellence in corporate governance.
  • The FIDE Elective Programmes: Supplementing the FIDE Core Programme are a series of elective programmes:
  • Board Committee Programme
  • Technical Programme
  • Governance Programme
  • Soft Skills Programme
  • The Shariah Leaders Education: The programme aims to hone the skills of Shariah Committee members in both banking and takaful operations and products while providing global perspectives on the development of Islamic Finance to local institutions in order to compete globally.
  • Other Customised Modules delivered under the Corporate Governance Curriculum:
  • Audit Committee
  • Banking Fundamentals
  • Banking Insights
  • Corporate Finance
  • Director’s Legal Toolkit
  • Governance and Ethics
  • Succession Planning & Talent Management
  • Private Equity
  • Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process (ICAAP)
  • Insurance Fundamentals
  • Insurance Insights
  • IT Governance and Risk Management
  • Nomination/Remuneration Committee
  • Handling the Media
  • Private Equity
  • Risk Management Committee: Bank
  • Risk Management Committee: Insurance
  • Risk Management in Takaful
  • The Director 's Legal Tool Kit
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Governance in Groups

Publications[edit | edit source]

Iclif strives towards creating unique and highly relevant Asia-focused research  and publications. Findings from proprietary research power Iclif programmes and advisory services with contextually relevant solutions and distinctive content. Some notable research efforts include:

Open Source Leadership: Reinventing Management When There’s No More Business As Usual

Spanning 28 countries and including responses of approximately 16,000 executives, the Open Source Leadership study was designed to explore the form of leadership required to tackle both the daunting challenges and exciting opportunities in today’s transparent, free, and empowered workforce. It also explored the drivers of employee motivation for superior performance in the fast-moving and super-connected 21st Century. The findings are summarised in the book Open Source Leadership, published by McGraw-Hill, New York.

Asian Leadership Index

Approximately 4,000 employees in companies operating across Asia-Pacific were asked about their expectations of leaders, and what their current leaders are missing. The research identified 10 attributes that are important for leadership effectiveness in Asia.

Leadership Energy

A study on Iclif’s proprietary concept of Leadership Energy. Over 10,000 randomly selected individuals from 27 countries were asked to answer three questions on leadership and personal success. The same questions were then directed to 500 individuals with exposure to the concept of Leadership Energy. The goal of the research was to determine whether the questions would be answered differently by those with context and education on the discipline. The essence of this research is captured in the article entitled, Quantum Mechanics, Spirituality and Leadership.[10]

Employee Engagement

This research was conducted primarily to establish a differentiated perspective on the conventional concept of employee engagement. A distinct element of this engagement study is that it segmented the views of followers along the performance bell curve recognising that the needs of high performers, average performers and low performers will vary.

Additionally, the study provided insight into leader’s expectations of followers and uncovered sources of motivation for performance at the highest level. It also investigated the need for a certain amount of bold, tough and sometimes top-down leadership in achieving breakthrough success.

Corporate Governance: Insurance Sector Report

This study reviews the corporate governance practices of 50 of the largest public listed Asia-Pacific insurance companies by market capitalisation. The report provides practical recommendations for improving corporate governance practices in the insurance sector.

Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders

A book written by the current CEO of Iclif, Rajeev Peshawaria, that is a culmination of Iclif’s research into the concept of Leadership Energy. It explores how a set of deeply-held values and a clear sense of purpose could be the source of sustainable leadership energy that drives leaders to stay steadfast in the face of insurmountable odds, and how this can be expanded to an enterprise level by influencing others to create a cadre of supporters who understand the company’s goals and work to embody them every day.

Be the Change

Be The Change is a compilation of short essays drawn from the actual experiences of Iclif’s faculty members, as well as the input and challenges faced by participants of Iclif’s programmes. It was created as a guide for leaders and directors to find ideas and solutions to address some of today’s pressing leadership challenges related to personal and enterprise performance.

The Philosophy and Practice of Coaching: Insights and issues for a new era

Written by organisational psychologist, author and executive coach Peter Webb, this book’s key premise is recognising ‘the urgent need for wiser leaders to address the challenging issues of our time’, offering two models coaches can use to bring forth greater wisdom in their clients.

Brain-Based Leadership

Taken from decades of research and over 60 publications, this book by author, columnist and leadership coach Dr. Thun Thamrongnawasawat explores the power of the brain and how it applies to leadership. Concepts such as brain functions, energy minimisation, and brain-based leadership matrix are woven through stories of everyday leadership.

Brain-Based Leadership: The Models

A sequel in the Brain-Based series, this book dives deeper into the connections between the brain and leadership. It introduces three comprehensive models: B.A.S.E., S.I.M.G.A.R.D., and F.I.G.H.T to help leaders address challenges of leading self and others. The book insightfully integrates the art and science of leadership.

Developing Leadership Talent

Developing Leadership Talent is an important resource that offers a practical, nuts-and-bolts, framework for putting in place a leadership development system that will help attract and retain an organisation’s best talent. Step by step, the authors explain how alignment with strategic organisational goals and purpose, and effective development experiences, are the backbone of sustainable leadership development pipeline.

Summits and Conferences (LESA)

Since 2013, Iclif has organised an annual summit called the Leadership Energy Summit Asia (LESA). The summit features invited international and local speakers, who address the growing need to develop and understand sources of leadership energy in order for contemporary leaders to face today’s most pressing challenges.

List of Speakers at LESA in December 2013

·        Dr Patch Adams

·        Robert Swan OBE

·        Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz

·        Dr Kiran Bedi

·        Ping Fu

·        Dr Dean Radin

·        Dr Konstantine Korotkov

·        Lynne McTaggart

·        Rajeev Peshawaria

List of Speakers at LESA in October 2014

·        Steve Wozniak

·        Francois Pienaar

·        Dr Jemilah Mahmood

·        Nipun Mehta

·        Dr Dean Radin

·        Dr Bill Bengston

·        Dr Mario Varvoglis

·        Rajeev Peshawaria

List of Speakers at LESA in December 2015

·        Chris Gardner

·        Jimmy Wales

·        Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz

·        Jennifer Bricker

·        Dr Cassandra Vieten

·        David Gelles

·        Anu Aga

·        Rajeev Peshawaria

Iclif Leadership Energy Awards

Each year during the LESA Conference, Iclif recognises individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership energy. The Iclif Leadership Energy Awards (ILEA) honour “Leadership Energy Champions”, everyday people who have demonstrated immeasurable perseverance and fortitude in overcoming adversity while pursuing their purpose of betterment. The awards recognise individuals who employ their unique leadership energy to create a positive value for their organisations, communities and the world at large.

Award categories encompass:

·        Corporate Employee

·        Business Owner/Founder

·        Social Enterprise Owner/Founder

One award is given for each category. Recipients typically receive a cash award and a commemorative plaque.

Thought Leadership Sessions

The talks are typically held for a small, by-invitation only audience.

List of talks since 2012:

o  November 2012, Hosted International Monetary Fund’s Managing Director Christiane Lagarde

o  September 2013, Pradeep Pant, Executive Vice President and President, Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe, Middle East & Africa (EEMEA) of Mondelēz International

o  October 2013, Hosted Prof David Schmittlein, John C Head III Dean MIT Sloan School of Management

o  April 2015, Prof Linda A Hill, Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration and the faculty chair of the Leadership Initiative at the Harvard Business School

o  January 2015, Dame Dr Jane Goodall DBE, pre-eminent primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace

o  June 2015, Chade-Meng Tan, Google’s Jolly Good Fellow, bestselling NY Times author and founder of the One Billion Acts of Kindness, which has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2015

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Governor's Welcoming Address at the Official Launch of International Centre For Leadership In Finance (ICLIF)". BNM Press Statements.
  2. "Malaysia International Islamic Financial Centre (MIFC)". askprof.mifc.com. Retrieved 2015-12-03.
  3. ICLIF Endowment IncreasedThe Star Online, 13/07/10, Retrieved 04/04/18
  4. SLID & ICLIF DiscussionSunday Observer, 01/04/18, Retrieved 04/04/18
  5. ICLIF aims to impart leadership training to Indian Companies The Hindu Business Line, 01/11/10, Retrieved 04/04/18
  6. Getting the Autocratic Leaders we Need Strategy + Business, 13/03/18, Retrieved 04/04/18
  7. "New Governance Centre Established in ICLIF". BNM Press Statements. Retrieved 2015-11-27.
  8. ICLIF aims to impart leadership training to Indian Companies The Hindu Business Line, 01/11/10, Retrieved 04/04/18
  9. "Leadership all about Energy" Edge Weekly, 22/09/17, Retrieved 04/04/18
  10. "Leadership all about Energy" Edge Weekly, 22/09/17, Retrieved 04/04/18

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