Who are we
The Institute for Societal Leadership was started by the Singapore Management University in 2014 to advance societal leadership in Southeast Asia and beyond.
ISL seeks to be a thought-leader in the understanding of Societal Leadership for the betterment of society. We also aim to be a convening and collaborative platform for societal leaders, and a capacity builder for current and emerging societal leaders in our region.
ISL brings a foundation of academic rigour as part of the Singapore Management University. The over-arching objective of ISL is to achieve a greater applied understanding of societal leadership while creating channels and programmes to amplify this understanding.
ISL broadly defines ‘Societal Leadership’ as ‘the practice of creating sustainable value and impact for the betterment of society within one’s sphere of influence’. We aim to tangibly improve the lives of citizens in Southeast Asia and beyond by inspiring and developing new generations of leaders who are dedicated to serving society.
What we do
We focus on helping those who do good, do better. We do this by:
- Conducting applied research on Societal Leadership
- Creating and amplifying content on those who do good, and the work that social impact organisations do
- Investing in current and emerging societal leaders through leadership development programmes
- Acting as a focal point for cross-sector collaboration between current leaders from government, business, civil society, academia and the media
Last updated on 01 Feb 2019 .