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Your Journey to Purposeful 
Leadership Starts Here.

Meaningful peer-to-peer interactions, world-class keynote faculty, personalized executive coaching, and real-life strategies for making a difference.


In recent research, we’ve found that the most effective leaders are those who are clear on their individual “why” and connect it to an organizational “what for.” They know their purpose and are dedicated to making a significant impact on their organizations and those around them. Linkage’s GILD helps leaders pinpoint their purpose and hone it.

GILD will help you strengthen your ability to achieve more results, influence more broadly, engage more meaningfully, innovate more radically, and become a leader worth following. 


We’ve partnered with individuals and organizations for over 20 years to create meaningful development and acceleration programs that create lasting impact.

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Your Leadership Assessment

GILD is a great experience on its own—but it’s even better when it’s tailored just for you. Before GILD begins, you will complete Linkage’s Purposeful Leadership Assessment™, a multidimensional tool that measures leaders in the five commitments that differentiate purposeful leaders. This tool is the culmination of research from more than 100,000 leaders worldwide.

The Purposeful Leadership Self-Assessment examines the internal development of a leader, i.e. how he or she personally responds to situations and manages himself or herself. The 360° Purposeful Leadership Assessment™ assesses not only the internal development of a leader but also the leader’s impact on the organization and the team. Based on your assessment, we will share with you a custom report upon your arrival at GILD. Your report informs your development road map.


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Tom Kolditz

Author; Executive Director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders

Tom Kolditz is Founding Director of the Ann and John Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University. Prior to Rice, Tom was Professor and Director of the Leadership Development Program at the Yale School of Management. He spent 34 years in the U.S Military and retired as Brigadier General. During his last 12 years with the military, he was Director of the Leadership Center at the U.S. Military Academy West Point. Tom is the author of In Extremis Leadership: Leading as if Your Life Depended on It. He was the 2017 recipient of the Warren Bennis Award for Excellence in Leadership.


Stephen Shapiro

Author & Innovation Expert

Stephen Shapiro is one of the foremost authorities on innovation culture, collaboration, and open innovation. Over the past twenty years he has taught hundreds of organizations in over 40 countries around the world on how to enable innovation by bringing together divergent points of view in an efficient manner. Stephen has shared his philosophy in books such as 24/7 Innovation, The Little Book of BIG Innovation Ideas, Personality Poker, and Goal-Free Living. He led a 20,000-person process and innovation practice during his 15-year tenure with Accenture.

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Dave Logan

Co-founder, CultureSync and Author

Dave Logan is Co-founder and Senior Partner at CultureSync. He is Consultant to three dozen Fortune 500 companies and the New York Times #1 author of four books, including Tribal Leadership and The Three Laws of Performance. He is Professor at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (USC) where he also served as Associate Dean of Executive Education and co-taught the signature leadership courses with the late Professor Warren Bennis.


Carla Harris

Vice Chairman, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley; Author

Carla Harris is Vice Chairman of Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She was Chair of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council in 2013. She is a gospel recording artist and a popular public speaker who gives impactful career guidance to corporate audiences based on her book Expect to Win.


Daniel Pink

Bestselling Author, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Daniel H. Pink is the author of six provocative books that have won multiple awards and have been translated in 39 languages- including his newest, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. Daniel's career has been dedicated to helping leaders break through to greater impact and achieving better outcomes, whether it be through clarifying motivations, simplifying our “why” statement, or discovering that timing is really a science. His other books include the long-running New York Times bestseller A Whole New Mind and the #1 New York Times bestsellers Drive and To Sell is Human. 


Richard Leider

Founder & Chair, Inventure Group; Author

Richard Leider is an Executive Coach and Author. He is ranked by Forbes as one of the “Top 5” most respected executive coaches. He has helped more than 100,000 leaders from over 100 organizations discover the power of their leadership purpose. Richard is the author of ten books including three bestsellers which have sold over one million copies. They include The Power of Purpose, Repacking Your Bags and Life Reimagined.


Marshall Goldsmith

Bestselling Author; GILD “Legends in Leadership” Faculty Member

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the author or editor of 35 books, which have sold over 2 million copies, been translated into 30 languages and become bestsellers in 12 countries. Marshall’s professional acknowledgments include: Harvard Business Review and Best Practices Institute – World’s #1 Leadership Thinker; American Management Association - 50 great thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years; BusinessWeek – 50 great leaders in America; and Wall Street Journal – top ten executive educators. Dr. Goldsmith’s is one of a select few executive advisors who has worked with over 150 major CEOs and their management teams.


Roger Nierenberg

Creator, The Music Paradigm; Author

Maestro Roger Nierenberg is the author of Maestro: A Surprising Story about Leading by Listening. Roger was the Music Director of the Stamford Symphony and the Jacksonville Symphony. Once he realised how crucial issues of organisational development could be powerfully brought to life within an orchestra, he created The Music Paradigm. It has taken Roger to the podium of over 90 orchestras, before hundreds of different organisations in 23 different countries. 


Margaret Heffernan

CEO; Entrepreneur; Author

Margaret Heffernan is an entrepreneur, Chief Executive and author. She has been a leading voice for decades on social connectedness and engagement at work. Using humour, story-telling, and her own research, Heffernan makes a strong case for making small changes to engage ourselves and our co-workers differently- ultimately reshaping the cultures around us and driving better outcomes for all. Margaret is the former CEO of five businesses and is the author of five books exploring business and effective leadership. She is a global speaker and her TED talks have been seen by over 6 million people.

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Samuel Lam

President & Managing Partner, Linkage Asia

Samuel Lam is President and Managing Partner of Linkage Asia. He is one of Asia’s leading practitioners in the field of leadership development and serves as executive coach and adviser to a number of notable CEOs and senior government officials in Asia, North America and Europe. He is the co-author of The Best Practices in Leadership Development Handbook published by John Wiley.

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Word on the Street

GILD offers a powerful week that many executives and organizations should consider participating in as part of an essential and unrelenting journey of transformation and renewal that now characterizes the world in which we work and live.

Nathan Rowden

Director Human Resources, Asia


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Past Events

High energy, high impact, long-lasting results. We’ll let these videos speak for themselves.


GILD Asia 2018

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138 Market Street, Singapore 048946

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The Answers You Need

What is a typical day at GILD like?

Every day will likely leave you thinking, “…Wow, that was an intense day of learning and personal reflection on what I need to do to become an even better leader!” Each day, you’ll be challenged to think differently by world-class thought leaders, and in your one-on-one coaching sessions and learning team discussions. You’ll receive feedback, including insight from your coach on how your colleagues perceive you as a leader. You’ll network with other global leaders and share your perspectives during your small-group “Learning Team” sessions.

What’s the difference between GILD and a leadership conference?

There are many things that set GILD apart from typical leadership conferences—here are a few of the key differences:

  • Designed around a leadership competency model to ensure you’re learning the most relevant content for your advancement

  • Leadership assessment for real insight on your own personal leadership strengths and development areas, as noted by yourself and your direct reports, managers, and colleagues

  • One-on-one leadership development coaching based on your assessment results and dialogue (for Platinum Pass participants)

  • Facilitated small-group learning sessions (“learning teams,” see below) with peers who are benchmarked to ensure common leadership challenges and levels of experience

What is a learning team?

Learning teams are facilitator-led small groups (15-20 participants) that meet for 2 hours each day. During these sessions, participants discuss how to apply what they are learning from the faculty into their daily work lives to become better leaders. Linkage organizes each learning team so that people with similar years of management experience, similar scope of responsibility, similar learning style, and similar leadership challenges are grouped together—this pre-planning helps participants get the most out of the small groups and allows the development of lasting peer relationships.

Will I be in a learning team with colleagues from my organization?

Some organizations send a “cohort” of high-potential leaders or senior leaders and choose to keep them together through the GILD experience (called an “intact team”), while others elect to have participants experience GILD as individual leaders, dispersed among various learning teams. Both experiences offer valuable benefits. Ultimately, this is a choice you and your organization will make.

How does the Purposeful Leadership™ 360° Assessment work?

To complete the 360º component, you will nominate raters you would like to provide feedback (your manager, your direct reports, your peers, and others you believe would add valuable perspectives). Once you arrive at GILD, you and your coach will review your confidential assessment results—no one else receives the results unless you decide to share them. The assessment provides valuable insights on your leadership strengths and development areas. The Purposeful Leadership™ Assessment is based on the Linkage proprietary leadership model and its related competencies.

How does leadership coaching work at GILD?

Prior to GILD, you will have an opportunity to select your coach from a diverse pool of leadership coaches, based on biographical information shared with you before you arrive. Your selected coach will introduce him- or herself before the Institute to schedule a one-hour, on-site leadership coaching session during GILD. In this session, your coach will help you to understand your assessment results, and to jointly craft your Individual Development Plan (IDP). After GILD, you will virtually reconnect with your coach two more times, to discuss the implementation of your IDP, to monitor its progress, and to identify and/or modify next steps based on your current status. Additional leadership coaching, beyond the three sessions, is also an available option.

What will a participant learn from the various faculty members?

Though each session and GILD faculty member varies, each will challenge you to think, behave, and motivate others differently with tools related to their particular area of expertise and competency.

Is there a dress code at GILD?

The dress code is business casual. We suggest you bring comfortable shoes and a jacket (or shawl for ladies) since the program venue is air-conditioned and temperatures may vary as you move from room to room.

How do I book hotel accommodation?

Institute participants should contact the hotel directly to arrange for accommodations. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Linkage is a global leadership consulting practice. For 30 years, Linkage has strengthened leaders and helped organizations to build cultures and teams that deliver superior results. By strategically aligning leadership, talent and culture, our expertise has helped organizations plan and create real results and change. Since 1988, we have worked with more than 10,000 organizations and touched more than one million leaders worldwide. Among our clients are Fortune 500 organizations and leaders, start-ups, and the public sector. We operate 11 offices worldwide and work with world-class coaches, consultants, and educators to deliver custom solutions via proven methodologies and action learning approaches.


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Mailing Address: Linkage Asia, Level 24-01, CapitaGreen, 138 Market Street, Singapore 048946


Phone: (65) 6679 6038


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