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The Global Pandemic, US-China Relations, and Implications for Singapore and ASEAN

Opinion  -  Khong Yuen Foong

Geopolitical rivalries will continue to shape a post-COVID world, confronting smaller states with strategic choices that may be challenging to balance.

Transformation in the Singapore Public Service: Emerging Stronger from the Pandemic

Article  -  Ang Hak Seng, Sueann Soon

Drawing lessons from its past experiences with disruptive and transformative change, the public sector has helped steady and bring together Singaporeans in a turbulent post-COVID world.

National Resilience: Developing a Whole-of-Society Response

Article  -  Charles Ng

A more robust society begins with clarity about shared priorities, risks, constraints and capabilities.

Lead by Learning in a Digital World

Opinion  -  N. Venkat Venkatraman

In a future shaped by transformative digital advances, leadership calls for curiosity and the discipline to learn about and through rapid change.

Nurturing Future Leaders: Adapting Leadership Development Approaches to a Changing Context

Article  -  Khoo Ee Wan, Aurora De Souza Watters, Suniartie Sudyono

To be successful, positional leaders must learn to move from being 'hero' to 'host', providing the conditions, processes and resources for others to step up and contribute at every level.

Collaborative Leadership & the Challenge of the Future: In Conversation with Peter Hawkins

Opinion  -  Peter Hawkins

The existential crises of our time call for fundamentally different ways of thinking, listening, acting, and leading.

Editorial Issue 22

Editorial  -  Alvin Pang

This issue of ETHOS takes stock of the COVID-19 pandemic to date—including some of its socioeconomic, governance and geopolitical implications—and reflects on how Singapore and other governments have responded to the crisis of a generation.

Learning from Crisis

Article  -  Tharman Shanmugaratnam

The following remarks—drawing lessons on governance from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis—were abridged from a speech given by the Senior Minister at the Administrative Service Appointment and Promotion Ceremony on 29 March 2021.

Leadership at a Time of (Another) Crisis

Opinion  -  Peter Shergold

Strong, nuanced communication and the ability to seize opportunities have emerged as attributes of effective public sector leadership in a COVID-disrupted world.

Civil Service College: Preparing the Public Service for the Future

Opinion  -  Lim Siong Guan, Peter Ho, Peter Ong, Leo Yip

Four top public service leaders, including the current Head, Civil Service, reflect on the role of the Civil Service College in nurturing a robust, cogent and future-ready public sector in Singapore.