How You Benefit

Designing Leaders helps leaders in Asia create an environment where employees can do their best work.

There is a difference between leading for today and leading for the future. We focus on helping leaders develop themselves and their employees in a way that sets them up for success now while also adapting to changing needs and opportunities. We aim to:

– improve your results by helping managers and leaders maximize their employees’ performance
– get you ready to go into new markets, add new products or services, or go through other major changes
– reduce your workforce costs by helping you focus on the quality, rather than quantity, of your employees

Our public classes bring together participants from various industries and different-sized companies, allowing new and rising leaders to learn valuable concepts, share ideas with their peers, and practice their skills in the classroom before returning to the real world.

Designing Leaders can also tailor our courses to come in-house and work with your extended team. We encourage you to bring together new and rising leaders from multiple departments to encourage the sharing of ideas across business functions. Contact us to learn about our public and in-house sessions.

We also offer individual coaching to help you and your rising leaders address day-to-day challenges while also preparing for the future.


Dr William Thomas

Dr Thomas has spent three decades studying and practicing leadership in many different settings. As Chief Teaching Officer, he is responsible for facilitating our classes and providing one-on-one coaching.

For over 21 years he was a strategic planner and international affairs specialist in the United States Air Force, spending 7 of those years as a professor of strategic studies at the US Air Force Academy. In the 1990s he created many of the US military’s peacekeeping and humanitarian operations strategies, and he developed a leadership training and education framework to meet the needs of the Air Force’s changing missions. Starting in early 2012 he spent 3 years as the Executive Advisor for CEB Corporate Leadership Council in Singapore, supporting the global heads of HR at over 50 major companies across Asia as they worked to help their companies make the best use of their people.

Dr Thomas has also taught as a professor at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and as a Fulbright Scholar at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. He holds a PhD in Public Policy and an MBA. An active traveler and marathon runner, he is one of the few people in the world who has completed The Marathon Grand Slam, consisting of a marathon on all 7 continents and at the North Pole. His book, CROSS THE LINES: A Journey to Complete the Marathon Grand Slam, is available online at Amazon, iBooks, Book Depository, and Barnes & Noble.


Dr Thomas