How Successful Leaders Build and Use Social Capital

How Successful Leaders Build and Use Social Capital

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Increasing globalization and the rise of social media have resulted in a more integrated world, with correspondingly more complex social networks and relationships among economies, societies, organisations and individuals.

How then can such invaluable social capital be more optimally cultivated and how do successful leaders utilize their social networks and resources? To an overwhelming record number of participants who poured into a full lecture hall, Prof Henrik Bresman, Academic Director of the HEAD Foundation, offered greater clarity and enlightening insights from his research into this very topical issue.

He started with an explanation of what constituted social capital and actively engaged the audience through some thought exercises on the important linkages within social networks, the different types of social networks and how they can help to address certain situations. Most importantly, he emphasized that in building successful social capital, sincerity, along with a long term perspective and a respect for reciprocity, are critically important factors to make it work.

Professor Henrik Bresman is an expert on leadership and also author of the top-selling book, “X-Teams: How to Build Teams that Lead, Innovate and Succeed.”

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Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.