SAF Centre for Leadership Development

About CLD

The SAF Centre for Leadership Development (CLD) was established in Jan 2003 to spearhead and promote Leadership Development (LD) and excellence in the SAF. By researching and developing timely and relevant LD practices, processes and programmes, CLD seeks to develop highly effective and committed SAF Leaders, Commanders and Command Teams, forging towards the SAF’s LD vision of Effective Leaders, Cohesive Units, Steadfast SAF.

About CLS

Hd CLD's Message

Welcome to the SAF Centre for Leadership Development (CLD).
Our mission and purpose in SAF CLD is to provide “enablers” – in the form of knowledge and tools – for our leaders in the SAF across ground units and staff departments

(1) to develop their leadership competencies and skills and,
(2) to develop the leadership competencies and skills of their subordinate leaders.

LD and vocational/functional training works hand-in-glove to develop effective SAF leaders who are able to lead our people in accomplishing the mission, inspiring commitment, and improving the organisation.

Leadership is an essential and critical aspect of warfighting power and organisational capabilities – a force multiplier to mobilise our people and organisational resources for action.

COL Alex Wang
Head SAF Centre for Leadership Development, SAFTI MI


To enable Commanders and Leaders to implement LD to be effective in accomplishing the mission, inspiring commitment and improving the organisation.


The Leading Centre in Leadership Development
for the SAF

CLD aspires to be the leading centre in Leadership Development through our partnership within the SAF and globally. We seek to continually improve the ways in which the SAF's values and leadership competencies are nurtured in our Leaders. Guided by our ethos of "Seek, Sow Serve", we are proud that our work anchors effective Leadership in the SAF.

Effective Leader

CLD is the Senior Specialist Staff Officer Headquarter (Concept development), Middle Office (Curriculum Development) and Front Office (Programme and training delivery) for Leadership Development and targets the three levels of Leadership in the SAF. CLD provides the "enablers" for SAF Leaders to (1) develop their individual leadership competencies and skills, (2) build cohesive and effective teams and (3) become stewards to lead organisation change.

Three Levels of Leadership

Each generation of Team CLD had worked closely with SAF schoolhouses and training establishments to scaffold and implement LD curriculum across the various ROA courses in the SAF, to prepare our leaders in their competencies and skills for performance at their respective levels of leadership roles. Today’s Team CLD continues to be anchored on our values of “Seek.Sow.Serve” to prepare our leaders for the Next Gen SAF, to achieve our desired outcomes of Adaptive Leaders, Effective Teams and Resilient Organisation.

The Compass

Definition of Leadership in the SAF

Definition of Leadership in the SAF

The above definition of leadership says three important things about the meaning of leadership in the SAF:

1) "A process..." Leadership refers to the verb “to influence others” rather than the noun, i.e., the category of leaders in the organisation. This emphasises that a person can be appointed as a leader, hold the rank and authority of a leader, and yet have poor leadership ability (i.e., is unable to influence people effectively).

2) "of influencing others…" “Influencing” is a general term deliberately chosen to include various methods of influence e.g.: inspirational, emotional or values-based influence, ideas, thoughts, or knowledge-based influence, exemplary or idealized influence, individualized consideration, exchange or transition-based influence. It emphasises that while leadership always involves influence of other persons, and it is not specific to any particular style – “Inspirational leadership” is but one style of influencing task accomplishment. Such a definition allows us to train SAF leaders use a wide range of leadership styles depending on the nature of the situation.

3) "to accomplish the mission, inspiring their commitment, and improving the organisation." These refer to the three major desired outcomes of leadership in the SAF that together present a balanced view of leadership that Is not only mission or task-focused, but also concerned with the commitment of the followers, and the improvement of the organisation, i.e., organisational change and learning. Such a definition emphasises that leaders must not only focus on immediate task performance, but also long-term commitment and change.

LD Resources

Fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic

SAF was called on to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic as the virus brought most of the modern world to its knees. Read more about the efforts and inspiring stories of how SAF personnel contributed to this unprecedented event in Singapore’s history.

Fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic

Additional LD Resources

Contact Us

SAF Centre for Leadership Development

500 Upper Jurong Road
Blk 76 Level 3
Singapore 638364

Tel: 6799-7793
Fax: 6799-7402