Leadership Masterclass - Leading in a VUCA World

The Complete Premier Course - Transforming NextGen Leaders | taught by Prof. Sattar Bawany

Course description



“There are two things we can say with certainty about the future: it will be different, and it will surprise. Now, more than ever, leaders have to navigate unfamiliar, challenging times, a quickening pace of change, increasing expectations, and a rising tide of rapidly-evolving conditions. This new and different environment (VUCA) is challenging leaders to find new ways to lead their organisations and achieve sustained success. As a result of these circumstances, there is a thirst for leadership, yet leaders face a whirlwind environment laden with remarkable opportunities and daunting challenges through which to lead their people and organisations.”

– Prof Sattar Bawany (2016) 

Leading in a VUCA Business Environment: Leveraging on cognitive readiness and RBL for organisational success

Leading in the future will revolve around managing challenges in a business environment that it is highly disruptive and predominantly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA). Technological advancements in artificial intelligence, robotics, sharing platforms and the Internet of Things are fundamentally altering business models and industries. These changes are taking place at unprecedented speed. Leaders at all levels need to develop the relevant competencies and skills to successfully adapt to new realities when leading in a disruptive VUCA World.

VUCA is an acronym that emerged from the military in the 1990s. It describes the “fog of war” — the chaotic conditions that are encountered on a modern battlefield. Its relevance to leaders in business is clear, as these conditions are highly descriptive of the environment in which business is conducted every day. Leadership as usual, including creating a vision, is not enough in a VUCA world.

  • Volatile: Things change unpredictably, suddenly, extremely, especially for the worse.
  • Uncertain: Important information is not known or definite; doubtful, unclear about the present situation and future outcomes; not able to be relied upon.
  • Complex: Many different and connected parts: multiple key decision factors, the interaction between diverse agents, emergence, adaptation, coevolution, weak signals.
  • Ambiguous: Open to more than one interpretation; the meaning of an event can be understood in different ways.

Leading in a VUCA world not only provides a challenging environment for leaders to operate and for executive development programme to have an impact: it also provides a much-needed range of new competencies. The new reality is resulting in the realisation that new and different capabilities are needed for leaders to succeed in this new normal.


About the Virtual Leadership Masterclass Series

The series of 9 highly practical Leadership Masterclass programmes are designed to develop the relevant competencies and skills for Board, C-Suite and Senior Level Leaders operating in today’s highly disruptive, VUCA World.

This Masterclass Series will leverage on best-in-class practices and thought-leadership concepts, tools and techniques to drive organisational & leadership excellence.

The Courses are designed to provide Business and Functional leaders with a platform to develop from being ‘good’ to ‘great’.

They are being offered in response to the market needs to ensure that their senior-level executives possess the right competencies and skills to successfully adapt to new realities when leading in a disruptive, VUCA World.

The Virtual Leadership Masterclass Schedule:

  • Masterclass 1: Leading in a VUCA World
  • Masterclass 2: Leadership Challenges of a VUCA World
  • Masterclass 3: Developing Cognitive Readiness Competencies
  • Masterclass 4: Developing Social & Emotional Intelligence Competencies
  • Masterclass 5: Results-Based Leadership™ (RBL) Framework
  • Masterclass 6: Winning the War for Talent 2.0
  • Masterclass 7: Managerial Coaching for Success
  • Masterclass 8: Inspiring Your Multigenerational Workforce
  • Masterclass 9: Building High-Performance Teams with SCORE™ Framework
  • Bonus Course: Developing Your Blueprint for Leadership Success


Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the complete Premier Masterclass Series, the participant will be able to better appreciate and/or understand:

  • What is the context for leaders in today’s VUCA business environment?
  • How to resolve the leadership challenges in this new environment?
  • What are the elements of Cognitive Readiness Competencies?
  • Why are Emotional & Social Intelligence Competencies key drivers for success?
  • How to achieve sustainable organisational results during these turbulent times?
  • What is required to transform to be a ‘High-Performance Organisation’ (HPO)?
  • How to transform your NextGen leaders to succeed in the VUCA world?
  • How to deliver effective feedback and coach the team to success?
  • How to build and engage a successful high-performance team?
  • What is the role of leaders to build a robust talent & leadership pipeline?

The programme incorporates a number of unique features and works on a number of levels. It is specifically aimed at enhancing and developing the skills, knowledge and behaviours of the participants.

The participants will develop their understanding of Leadership Effectiveness and how it will lead to a creation of a sustainable competitive advantage for their respective organisations through the development of an organisational climate that will contribute towards enhancing employee engagement and productivity during challenging times when operating in a disruptive VUCA business environment.

For copies of Clients' Testimonials for the delivery of these programmes, please visit here.


Prof. Sattar Bawany
Prof. Sattar Bawany
CEO & C-Suite Master Executive Coach, Centre for Executive Education (CEE)

Prof Bawany is concurrently the Strategic Advisor & Member of the Board of Trustees and Governing Council of the International Professional Managers Association (IPMA); Managing Director and C-Suite Master Executive Coach with Executive Development Associates (EDA) and Master Facilitator with Action Management Associates, Inc. (AMAI).

He has over 30 years’ international business management experience, including 20 years in executive coaching, group facilitation, and leadership development and training with global management consulting firms. In addition to his business and consulting career, Prof Bawany has over 15 years of concurrent academic experience as an Adjunct Professor teaching senior executives international business strategies and human resource courses at various leading universities.

He is currently the Adjunct Professor with Curtin Graduate School of Business (CGSB) and a member of the Advisory Board of Curtin Graduate School of Business (CGSB), Curtin University, Western Australia.

He is especially skilled at coaching leaders work through leadership transition issues, whether individually or systemically. As a seasoned coach, he truly cares about others, listens with an open mind, and adds value in unexpected ways. His approach to executive coaching encourages new insights into the key capabilities and unique strengths needed to sustain practical behavioural change over time, resulting in the executive’s enhanced self-awareness, better decision making, and continuous performance improvement.

Prof Bawany is an astute advisor and coach to executives who need to know how they are perceived and want to focus on what is most important in their professional and personal lives. He has coached a range of leaders, from CEOs to senior vice presidents, and high potential managers. His current work in organisations focuses on encouraging individual initiative and leadership from a systemic perspective in order to achieve clearly defined business results. His speciality is effectively linking people processes to business outcomes.

Prof Bawany is a Fellow of International Professional Managers Association (IPMA) and The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). He is a Professional Member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). He is also a Practising Member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and International Association of Coaching (IAC).

Prof Bawany’s complete Profile can be found here and also on LinkedIn.

Contact us:


Perry Barrow, MD, perry@fgdmedia.com

Course Curriculum

Program 6: Winning the War for Talent 2.0
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Program 8: Inspiring Your Multigenerational Workforce
Introduction to Inspiring Your Multigenerational Workforce
Inspiring Your Multigenerational Workforce - Overview
Employee Engagement & Productivity
Gallup Definition of Groups of Employee Engagement
Manager Role in Employee Engagement
Inspiring your Future Workforce
Multigenerational Traits and Work Perspectives
Characteristics of Gen Y Workforce
Overview of Inspiring Your Multigenerational Workforce
Characteristics of Gen Z Workforce
Channel NewsAsia Interview with Prof Sattar Bawany on Inspiring Your Future Workforce
ChannelNewsAsia Interview with Prof Sattar Bawany on Harnessing the Potential of the Ageing Workforce
Harvard Video - Sylvia Ann Hewlett on What Motivates Gen Y and Boomer Talent
Harvard Video - Tammy Erickson on Managing Generation Y
Simon Sinek on The Millennial Question
Overview of Inspiring Your Multigenerational Workforce
A Brave New Workplace for New Generation of Employees – Article
AARP Research on Leading Multigenerational Workforce – Report
Addressing Multigenerational Dynamics in Hong Kong – Article
Harnessing Potential of Multigenerational Workforce – Article
Engaging a Multi-Generational Workforce in Public Sector – Report
Gen Y Expectations of Leaders – Article
'Y are they Different' – Singapore Perspective Report
HBR How Gen Y and Boomers Will Reshape Your Agenda – Article
Inspiring Your Future Workforce – How to Lead and Engage Gen Y & Z - Article
Leadership - Gen Y in NHRDN Journal - Article
Managing Generational Diversity at the Workplace – Article
HBR What Millennials Want from a New Job - Article
Simon Sinek Interview on Millennials at the Workplace
CEE Research on Inspiring Your Future Workforce Gen Y & Z – Report
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Leading in a Disrupted VUCA World - Recommended Online Resources
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Evaluation of Leadership Masterclass Series
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