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Why smart leaders fail

What makes a good leader? Beyond cognitive ability, having a good sense of situational judgment is critical

In Singapore, when leaders in the public service or government-linked organisations are found wanting, people in their private conversations sometimes go: "Those scholars..."

In Singapore, "scholars" often refer to academically excellent students who take up government-funded scholarships to study at top universities and return to high-flying careers in the public sector.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 27, 2019, with the headline 'Why smart leaders fail'. Print Edition | Subscribe