XL Academy

The XL Academy aims to build the leadership capacity of the SUSS student community to pursue personal and community-centric leadership goals. The academy focuses on developing individual unique potential through self-discovery journeys and by imparting specific skill sets to effectively influence and navigate the external environment.

Through the XL academy's initiatives, students can look forward to:

  • Engaging in EXperiential Leadership programmes
  • Excelling in their leadership journeys
  • Look forward to evolving into an eXtra-Large version of themselves through personal growth

The XL Academy adopts a 5C framework, which forms the design basis of its leadership programmes:

5C Framework

Leadership Platforms

The XL Academy has opportunities for students of varying leadership experience. In other words, students do not need to be established leaders before exploring their leadership potential via the platforms offered. See below for some of the platforms and have a peek into what some of these platforms offer!

Leadership Platforms



Signature XL Academy Programme: XL121

The XL121 programme provides personalised mentorship and leadership development opportunities to students who are leading SUSS-wide projects or plan to lead SUSS projects in 2020.

As the name suggests, one-to-one mentorship means that each student on the programme will work with their assigned mentors to curate a personalised leadership plan journey to build skills and enhance leadership effectiveness.

Development Opportunities

As a student on the XL121 programme, you will be offered the following leadership opportunities:

  1. Experiential Leadership Development workshop
  2. Attend core skills training to be held
  3. Attend Overseas or Local conferences
  4. Leadership coaching by CEL Professionals
  5. Networking opportunities with other SUSS student leaders and industry leaders
  6. A chance to accumulate leadership experiences


  • Pre-requisite: Year 1-3 SUSS undergraduates with leadership experience within the past 3 years

Students on this programme must commit to the following:

  1. Attend at least 2 networking sessions of your choice
  2. Lead a SUSS project
  3. Quarterly meet-up with your assigned mentor
  4. Attend 1 Local or Overseas conference (Optional)
  5. Attend core skills (1.5 days) and Experiential Leadership Development Workshop (3 days). Dates to be confirmed, based on availability of successful applicants.

Registration is currently closed.

For more information, please contact Office of Student Life.


Student Leaders Training

The XL Academy extends training opportunities to leaders who are interested to hone their leadership skills. Depending on the leadership platform, student leaders are offered training in specific core skillsets. In addition, student leaders can look forward to developing the following leadership skills:

Facilitation 101 Workshop


Join this if you want to build inclusive teams and facilitate meetings effectively

A) Blended Face to Face Facilitation (4-hour) & Virtual Facilitation Training (6-hour)
B) Virtual Facilitation

2021 Dates:
Dec Run: TBC

Learner Outcomes:

  • Employ facilitation techniques to create inclusive teams
  • Understand key attributes of facilitative leadership
  • Draw out others' opinions in an objective and non-judgmental manner
  • Apply facilitation techniques to distil key learning points from group reflection and debrief sessions
  • Practice facilitation through interactive play and experimentation

Strengthsfinders Workshop


Join this if you want to discover your strengths and how to leverage your team member's strengths for higher team performance

3-hour Face to Face/Virtual

2021 Dates:
Mode of delivery will be confirmed nearer date

July Run: 22nd July, 2 - 5pm [Register here]
Dec Run: TBC

Learner Outcomes:

  • Know your top 5 strengths through the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment tool
  • Recognize the unique but different talents of others
  • Discover ways to apply the strengths of individual and others to perform
  • Adopting a strengths-based approach to leadership

Adaptive Leadership Workshop


Join this if you want to develop your personal leadership style and more effectively lead others

Details: 2-day face to face workshop

2021 Dates:
Sept Run: TBC

Learner outcomes:

  • Discover individual personal narratives via social-emotional learning
  • Understand what it means to be a good leader
  • Develop a personal leadership style (with emphasis on models aligned with SUSS Mission such as Situational Leadership, Servant Leadership or Social Change model of leadership

If you are a student leader and interested to attend the above workshops, email the Office of Student Life to indicate your interest . We will be in touch with you to inform you of the next available workshop date.

Alternatively, you may request for a customized Strengthsfinder or facilitation skills workshop by registering with a minimum group size of 15 students. Drop an email to Office of Student Life to register.


3H Series

This series is founded on SUSS core philosophy of Head, Heart and Habit, which is our education philosophy of inculcating professional mastery, social responsibility and habit of lifelong learning. Guest speakers are primarily eminent scholars, thought leaders and influential professionals in their field. Previous speakers include Advisor to Group Executive Committee of GIC, Mr Lim Siong Guan and Laos Ambassador to Singapore, H.E. Khonepheng.


Lead and Influence (OST161)

This 2.5 cu module provides students with foundational knowledge in leadership theories applied to contemporary society via case studies and personal reflection on leadership-in-practice.

For more details, please click here.

Leadership Awards

e-Badge v2

The leadership e-Badges pathway celebrates students' leadership experiences and moments. e-Badges are is awarded via the Portfolium platform. All SUSS students, including PT students, are eligible to apply.

3 tiers of Achievement e-Badges are available: Head, Heart and Habit. These are also the 3 key philosophies of SUSS, and is applied to the leadership context in the following manner:

  • "Head" : Gaining knowledge of leadership
  • "Heart": Translating knowledge into leadership practice
  • "Habit": Demonstration of leadership practice over a sustained period of time

Keen to apply for an e-Badge? Register here!

OBS Award

Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) Leadership and Service Award

OBS celebrates and recognises youths with outstanding contributions in leadership and service within our community. Outstanding student leaders are offered a scholarship to participate in the internationally-renowned 21-day OBS Classic Challenge Course.


NYAA Award

National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA)

The NYAA Singapore works closely in partnership of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation. The internationally recognised Award is designed to encourage and motivate young people develop personal qualities of self-reliance, perseverance and a sense of responsibility to themselves, society and the nation. There are three levels of the NYAA Programme – Bronze, Siler, and Gold. All awards must be completed before the participant’s 25th birthday, whereby all activities and projects must be carried out before then.

Students are encouraged to pursue the NYAA Gold Level. You may visit the Office of Student Life for consultation.

For more information about the NYAA Award, please visit the NYAA Website.

Email the Office of Student Life to register your interest in the NYAA Award.

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