Breakfast with Mr Lim Siong Guan


It is uncommon for external parties to hear about the inner workings of government leadership from a member of its topmost ranks. This is one such rare occasion. A former Head of Civil Service and Permanent Secretary in several of Singapore’s key ministries, Mr Lim Siong Guan is known as one of Singapore’s most trusted public servants. He joined the civil service in 1969 after graduating with first class honours in mechanical engineering from the University of Adelaide, which he attended on a President’s Scholarship. He served two Old Guard Ministers, former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and former Deputy Prime Minister Goh Keng Swee during his 37-year career with the civil service, and has described both leaders as his “master teachers”. Prior to Mr Lim’s retirement from the civil service in 2006, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong singled him out as a “great developer of people”, citing his knack for drawing out talent in young civil service officers, and adding that he had inspired an entire generation of younger officers to serve and excel. Quite aptly, Mr Lim has compiled key lessons from his life experiences and his insights on effective leadership into a book titled, “The Leader, The Teacher And You: Leadership Through A Third Generation”. Mr Lim has kindly accepted an invitation to speak to IPS Corporate Associates about his book and to share his views on the topic of “Leadership through the Third Generation”. You are cordially invited to this breakfast talk. Read the report — IPS Corporate Associates Breakfast: Lessons on Leadership from Mr Lim Siong Guan  


Mr LIM Siong Guan is Group President of GIC Private Limited. He was Chairman of the Economic Development Board from October 2006 to June 2009. A former Head of the Singapore Civil Service, he was Permanent Secretary in the ministries of Defence, Education and Finance and the Prime Minister’s Office, and led various major government agencies. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore since March 2005, instructing on leadership and change management in the public sector, and is a Senior Fellow of the Civil Service College.  


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Wednesday, 26 March 2014