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​Nurturing a Leader:  Wisdom from the Ancient Chinese Philosophies

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The ancient Chinese philosophers and thinkers fully subscribed to the importance of good leadership especially the wisdom of a ruler or leader. All the ancient philosophers reviewed extensively discussed the wisdom of a wise ruler and they believed that a good leader is built on a foundation of moral authority as well as in the setting of a virtuous example for his subordinates to follow.

“Great capability can either cause great good or great harm if it is not

properly circumscribed by the right morality and virtue.”

In ancient China, education emphasized on teaching people to be wise rather than teaching people to be smart or skillful.  A common Chinese saying is, “Learn to live like wise men.” It is about using what we have learnt and our wisdom to respond to the changing environment.

“A word of wisdom from a Sage is far superior than ten years of education.”

To the school of humanism espoused by Confucius and Mencius, humanity is the core of all human races.  The school of humanism endorsed the virtues of righteousness and benevolence in order for a leader to be effective. On the other hand, the legalistic scholars, Xunzi and Han Fei Zi emphasized that a leader must occupy the top position of a power hierarchy in order to effectively execute strict discipline and the penal code. To Xunzi and Han Fei Zi, the roots of a man’s evil nature are his selfishness and greed.  The third key school of the hundred thoughts is naturalism put forward by Lao Zi. To naturalistic, a wise leader is characterized as having profound understanding, with deep insights into Nature and humans.

Leadership Philosophies



  1. Lectures- to discover and uncover the concept of leadership from the Chinese perspective and how it can be linked to leaders' effectiveness.
  2. Open discussion (individual and small group) - exchange of ideas among the participants facilitated by the speaker.


About the Lecturers

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Dr Sheh Seow Wah (佘绍华博士)

Dr Sheh has over 10 years of management consultancy experience at the corporate level.  Personally he is lecturing at a few tertiary institutions for more than 20 years, he has been a management trainer all these years in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Besides, he is the Adjunct Research Fellow for an Australian university supervising doctoral candidates since 2002. Up to this day, 18 of his doctoral candidates had obtained their degrees.

Over the past 20 years, he had published over 80-100 articles and journal papers locally and international and he had authored 8 books namely:  Chinese Management, Chinese Wisdom on Life and Management, Chinese Leadership, The Natural Way: Lessons from Laozi and Zhuangzi, The Humanistic Way:  Lessons from Confucius and Mencius, The Strategic Way:  Lessons from the Chinese Strategic Thinkers, The Legalistic Way:  Lessons from Xunzi and Han Feizi and Wise Leadership:  Timeless Wisdom From the Ancient Chinese. 


Course Duration

4 sessions @ 3 hours per session, total 12 hours

Medium of Instruction



Student will receive a Certificate of Completion from the CI-NTU after they have completed the course and have met the requirements stated as follows:

Completed the course with minimum attendance rate of 70%;

Participated in post-course surveys.

Student who fails to meet any of the above criteria and with a minimum attendance rate of 50%, will only be issued a Certificate of Participation instead.

Entry Requirement

Minimum A Levels or Diploma. Other applicants with more than 2 years of working experience will be considered.

 *Please email to or call 6592 2538 / 6592 2539 between Monday – Friday, 9am-6pm to enquire further.

Application Procedure

  • Application form can be downloaded from the CI-NTU website or obtained directly from CI-NTU registration counter.
    (1) Duly completed and signed application form.
    (2) For company-sponsored applicant, the application form must be signed and endorsed by the company stamp.
  • Email the completed form and relevant documents to or to submit at our CI-NTU registration counter.
  • Registration fee of S$50* is required during enrolment.


Language Medium:English
Contact Person:Candy / Su Yee​
Tel:6592 2538 / 6592 2539
Fax:6779 7859




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