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Samuel M. Lam



Samuel M. Lam, President of Linkage Asia

Samuel M. Lam is based in Singapore and is the President and Managing Partner of Linkage Asia. One of the leading practitioners in the field of leadership development in Asia, Sam has created some of the most highly regarded leadership development programs for both Singapore and global clients. His relationship with some of these clients span multiple years across multiple borders. His work also focuses on the development of leadership competency models to support business growth, innovation, performance culture and change.


In addition, Sam serves as executive coach and adviser to a number of notable CEOs and senior government officials in Singapore, Europe, and Asia. Clients have included Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline, Prudential, Disney, Philips, Bank of China, Nestle, Deutsche Bank, Prime Minister’s Office Singapore and various organs of the Singapore Government.


Sam’s expertise spans several areas of leadership development: executive coaching, executive selection, performance improvement of top teams, development of talent pipelines, and assessment of top talent. His special interest is in the area of top team effectiveness, executive derailment and rebound and executive energy.


He co-authored Linkage Inc.’s Best Practices in Leadership Development Handbook (Second Edition) with Marshall Goldsmith and David Giber, published by John Wiley in 2009.

Prior to his appointment at Linkage Asia, Sam was the Managing Consultant for Towers Perrin Singapore, where he led an office of top human resources practitioners in performance leadership, executive compensation, sales incentive design, compensation design and talent management. Previously, he was Director of the Hay Group in Singapore, where he spent five years leading major projects in leadership development, organizational improvement, and performance management.


Sam graduated with a B.A. from the University of Southern California and has an M.A. from the National University of Singapore.

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