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Strengthening leadership abilities, behaviours and values at all levels

Strong leaders
at every tier

In the Public Service, leadership is not about positions or titles. Public Service leaders are driven by a passion to serve Singapore and Singaporeans, and are dedicated to serve the people they lead. They lead by example and demonstrate the values of Integrity, Service and Excellence through their actions. As the global environment is increasingly complex, we need leaders who can provide Whole-of-Government perspectives and resolve systems-level tensions, as well as leaders with deep expertise in a range of areas to address more complex policy, operational and service delivery challenges.

Attracting and recruiting leaders

We identify, develop and manage the pipeline of multi-sectoral and sectoral/specialist public sector leaders.

Developing leaders

We oversee the development of officers in the Administrative Service and Public Service Leadership Programme. To develop the Public Service leadership, we formulate, implement and review policies to ensure leaders have the competencies, perspectives and instincts to anticipate and address current and future needs and challenges.

Engaging and inspiring leaders

We provide platforms that enable the leadership to connect, align and share perspectives. Among government agencies, we promote the exchange of best practices in talent development.


  • Administrative Service

    The Administrative Service aims to develop leaders with whole-of-government perspectives and capabilities, to formulate and implement policies that will improve the lives of Singaporeans

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  • Public Service Leadership Programme (PSLP)

    PSLP is a talent development programme that develops talented and capable individuals for key leadership positions within the Public Service:

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Our leaders
on leadership

Public Service – Are You Really Lovin' It?Leadership Is Not About Commanding People, But Winning Their HeartsThe Core of LeadershipBe Bold To Admit Where You Have Failed

Public Service – Are You Really Lovin' It?

The theme of this year’s Public Service Week is "Serving the nation and proud of it". Challenge explores what spurs and stifles passion in public officers.

Leadership Is Not About Commanding People, But Winning Their Hearts

Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources Permanent Secretary Choi Shing Kwok on how he engages people at different levels to change behaviour.

The Core of Leadership

The stuff that leaders and successful teams are made of – these are the abiding interests of PSD’s Chan Boon Fui.

"The Relationships Matter Just As Much As Getting The Job Done"

Collaboration is one of Ms Tan Gee Keow’s key values, something which she applies readily to her work at Strategy Group.

"We could cheer on each other's achievements a lot more"

The Public Service abounds with innovation – public officers just don’t share enough about them, says Ms Elaine Ng, CEO of the National Library Board.

Be Bold To Admit Where You Have Failed

The lessons Mr Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive of Science Centre Board, learned after one fateful letter went public.