Real Leaders™ Framework


Designed to help leaders develop authentically and sustainably, the Real Leaders™ framework was developed based on Dr. Peter Cheng and Dr. Lily Cheng's research and practitioner experience in developing leaders across over 14 countries. 

Concluded in early 2017, their latest research project features a survey study with 407 responses from working adults across various industries around the world. Published in the white paper the "Impact of Real Leaders on Constituents," their findings revealed that the eight Essentials of Real Leaders are predictive of 27 hypothesised positive outcomes amongst constituents.

The 8 Essentials of Real Leadership:

Real Leaders Character


Real leaders exhibit character that is built on morals, ethics and noble values. They applaud pro-social behaviours for the common good of others in the community. They inspire their constituents to embrace positive thinking and demonstrate nobility to make the world a better place. 

Real Leaders Conviction with Courage


Real leaders embrace strong beliefs within ethical and moral parameters that affirm them to take a clear stand that will not waver when faced with invalid oppositions. They see opportunities in crisis and stretch their constituents to pursue ennobling agenda that impacts the community. 

Real Leaders Credibility


Real leaders are clear about their values and walk the talk that is aligned with their values. They enlist their constituents through role-modeling shared values, promoting authenticity, trust and delivering promises. 

Real Leaders Shape Culture


Real leaders unite internal stakeholders through their core values. They communicate core values to their constituents, holding them accountable and affirming behaviours and practices that reflect the organisation’s culture. 

Real Leaders Competence


Real leaders demonstrate expertise in what is expected and required of their position. They display a propensity to equip themselves and their constituents with the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes to perform their role effectively and efficiently. 

Real Leaders Creating an Inclusive Environment


Real leaders ensure that their constituents feel belonged in their team and organisation. They promote respectful and collaborative relationships that hinge on open communication and embrace diversity to harness synergy among team and organisational members. 

Real Leaders Compassion


Real leaders exercise care by empathising with others and showing concern for their holistic development. They appreciate their constituents’ predicaments and provide the needed support to them through life and work challenges. 

Real Leaders Drive Performance


Real leaders hold their constituents responsible for the agreed performance expectations. They provide timely feedback and support to ensure their constituents are on track towards achieving their team and organisation’s goals, rewarding deserving performers.