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What the 4G team can focus on

Embrace a team leadership concept, and strive to position S'pore as the capital of Asia

Singapore's Government has become the envy of the world for its stability, far-sighted policy and professionalism. The fact that the 4G (fourth-generation) team of political leaders is already being groomed and entrusted with the highest-level responsibilities more than two years before rotating into the most senior executive roles, is a testament to the system's ability to avoid the political paralysis that plagues Western democracies today. At the same time, generational change brings with it shifts in personnel and policy - both how leaders work together and what policies are required for the future.

Despite Singapore's very high public confidence in the leadership, political systems should adapt regularly to better manage the forces of global complexity, technological change and social feedback. The transition into a post-Lee Kuan Yew era is an important inflexion point to consider such modifications.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 07, 2018, with the headline 'What the 4G team can focus on'. Print Edition | Subscribe