In today’s fast-moving, complex business environment, leaders must be able to read the environment for risks and opportunities, and communicate direction for people and processes. Innovating quickly and effectively, and generating organizational buy-in for change, is crucial for organizational sustainability, profit, and growth.

Great leaders combine the smart skills of leading people effectively with the sharp skills of understanding and deploying technology, system dynamics, analytical reasoning, and process development. These skills determine a leader’s ability to lead their businesses and their value chains to drive innovation, adapt to change, and maximize outcomes.

Designed to equip leaders with these skills, Leading Leaders for Strategic Innovation is the first-ever flagship course offered by the Asia School of Business’ Iclif Executive Education Center (ASB-Iclif). The course builds on Iclif’s established “Leading Leaders” program designed to empower leaders to harness the energy that lies within themselves and their organizations, and adds on a suite of strategic innovation tools from MIT Sloan, built on decades of research.

This course is split into two levels:

In Leading Leaders: Understanding Strategic Innovation (Part I), you’ll tap into your leadership ability, learn about the dynamics of strategic innovation, and use your newfound knowledge to uncover latent potential that lies within yourself, the people you lead, and the organization. At the end of the two days, you’ll walk away with frameworks and tools for uncovering opportunities for strategic innovation.

In Leading Leaders: Propelling Strategic Innovation (Part II), you’ll build on what you learnt in Part I, and learn how to implement and manage the opportunities for innovation you’ve identified and engender organizational buy-in. By the end of Part II, you’ll expand your toolkit to unleash innovation throughout the organization and beyond.

By the end of this immersive course, you’ll come away armed with a toolkit to lead people, innovation, and strategy to drive your organization forward.

Leading Leaders in Action will help you answer questions like:
How do the most successful leaders pull together the vision, the ideas, the passion, and the strength to transform their organizations and drive them to success?
How do they empower teams that generate more than their fair share of great ideas, unleash the creative talent and entrepreneurial/intrapreneurial energy of their people?
How do they move those ideas through their organizations and supply chains that are not only creative but fast to market?

Participants leave this program armed with an end-to-end process and a leader’s toolkit: the capability to build up and channel their leadership energy, influence corporate culture, alter the way their organization responds to the challenge of innovation, and strengthen relationships with partners along the value chain.

Leading Leaders I

  • Understanding Strategic Innovation
  • Introduction: Innovation Aspirations and a Roadmap
  • Integrating strategy and innovation
  • The Leadership Journey as Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship
  • Unleashing Leadership Energy
  • Decoding Values & Purpose
Leading Leaders II

  • Unleashing innovation throughout the organization and beyond
  • Disruptive Process Innovators
  • Disruptive Digitalization
  • Leading with Freedom
  • Navigating Political Dynamics in International Business
  • Action Learning: Making Change happen
  • Innovation & Teams

Charles Fine has been a professor at MIT for over 35 years and has taught courses in innovation at the MIT Sloan School for almost 20 years. His current research centers on innovation and entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on value chain relationships and fast clockspeed industries. Fine’s work has supported design and improvement of value chain relationships for companies in electronics, automotive, aerospace, communications, and consumer products.  Other research has addressed outsourcing dynamics, quality management, optimizing operational flexibility, design of transportation systems, and the evolving operational needs of entrepreneurial firms.  He is the author of numerous journal articles and two books: Clockspeed: Winning Industry Control in the Age of Temporary Advantage and Faster, Smarter, Greener: The Future of the Automobile and Urban Mobility.

Chrysler Leaders for Global Operations
Professor of Management, MIT Sloan School
Prof. Dr. Loredana Padurean is the Associate Dean at the Asia School of Business, a collaboration between the Central Bank of Malaysia and MIT Sloan School of Management, and also holds an appointment as International Faculty Fellow at MIT Sloan. At ASB Prof. Loredana has been one of the key “nailers” behind the establishment of the school, and, in particular, has directed development of the globally recognized action learning program at ASB.

She is a global entrepreneurial academic with a track record of program, school, and intellectual leadership for multiple degree program business units, and she has been an international keynote speaker in the United States, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. Her most recent research, “Nail it, Scale it, Sail it,” focuses on understanding the evolution of start-ups to scale-ups to sail-ups. Prof. Loredana has an MA in Communication and Economics and a PhD in Management from USI Switzerland.


Associate Dean and Faculty Director for Action Learning.
International Faculty Fellow at MIT

Sabri comes with a wealth of experience after working more than 25 years in the government sector as well as in the oil and gas industry. His tenure at PETRONAS allowed him the opportunity to work  alongside renowned  organizations like McKinsey as it rolled out its Operational Performance Improvement initiatives and its Global Leadership Learning Series, which was made compulsory in more than 25 countries. His skills at Top Team Alignment has helped many Senior Management Teams improve their effectiveness in their leadership roles.


Senior Lecturer

Dr. Thun’s research and teaching focuses on dissecting complex management and business models and cascading them for easy implementation by companies cross different industries. His robust B.A.S.E. model has inspired numerous organizations in their transformation processes.   He’s the author of the Brain-Based Leadership book series (2013-2016), a bestselling The Leadership Journey (2018) and is a regular newspaper columnist. In 2015, Dr Thun was the recipient of World HRD Congress’s “Global Coaching Leadership Award” and named “Consultant of the Year” by the Ministry of Industry, Thailand.


Professor of Practise

Renato Lima de Oliveira is an Assistant Professor of Business and Society at ASB who earned his PhD from MIT in Political Economy and Comparative Politics.  His research focuses on state-business relations, particularly in the fields of industrial competition, innovation policies, and energy transition. He is also a research affiliate at the MIT Industrial Performance Center (IPC) and author of award-winning publications in his area of expertise.


Assistant Professor of Management International
Faculty Fellow at MIT


This course is also part of our Executive Certificate track for ‘Leadership and Management’, designed for professionals who wish to gain an in-depth, comprehensive certification of their mastery and understanding of established managerial tools and frameworks for strong process and people management skills.

World-class teaching meets innovation and emerging world expertise

The ASB Iclif Executive Education Center’s open-enrollment courses are designed for busy professionals to upskill themselves with short, accelerated courses. Each course in our open enrollment program is self-contained and crafted to provide you with the essential knowledge, skills & tools to navigate in today’s complex world. Our course content is developed by drawing on the rigor of our founding parents – Bank Negara Malaysia and MIT Sloan – and combining it with fresh, innovative cases and approaches developed out of emerging trends in Asia and the developing world.


Senior Managers and Leaders (C-1)

For professionals working in management and strategy-related functions or in leadership roles, gain the confidence to lead people, as well as to understand and weigh strategic decisions.

C-Suite, Board Members, and Business Owners

Understand how to better capture value and drive innovation throughout your firm, through self-awareness as a leader, and a comprehensive understanding of the value chain for your organization.

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July 24 – 29


9.00am – 5.00pm

Program Fee

RM 30,000 / USD 7,700

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