Chong Sook Leng ACC
Chong Sook Leng has about 25 years work experience in a wide array of industries such as audit, banking, airline catering, hotel, property, education and insurance.
Although a Chartered Accountant by profession, Sook Leng has expanded her scope to include general management. Her last role is as Change Management in the CEO office.
During her career in Finance, she rose very quickly to head Finance departments while in her 20s. She was the Finance head for over 10 years in MAS Catering and HSBC Data Processing. During that time, she was instrumental in championing projects for process improvements, business turnaround from net loss to net positive. Her keen business analytics fuelled those successful initiatives.
Because Sook Leng was interested to expand her scope to general management including finance, HR, IT support, risks management and board administration, she took up the role as Chief Operating Officer at the Iclif Leadership and Governance Centre. During this time, she took up a keen interest in leadership development. In view of her diverse and deep organisational experience and exposure, she was also involved in coaching senior executives who attended the leadership programs with Iclif. It was her strength in being able to cut through complexities to find practical solutions which she applied in her coaching technique that had helped her clients to find meaningful outcomes.
In her other role as group HR director in a Malaysian PLC, she was involved in coaching her internal employees on career progression and senior management leaders on talent management and leadership development. She is often approached by friends and colleagues while at work to help de-clutter their respective circumstance with much satisfying results.
She partners with leading consultants to offer coaching services and facilitation and talent assessments at leadership development programme targeted at C-suite participants. Her niche is in coaching for transitions which encompass, transitions to a new role, career or new job, and change management efforts.
Sook Leng currently sits on the Nomination Committee of the International Coach Federation, the global body governing the worldwide coaching community.
Sook Leng is certified in several personality assessment tools, such as MBTI, Hogan Personality Assessment and WAVE Profiles Assessment. She is also Certified Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Time Line Therapy.
Sook Leng is also a certified NLP Coach and Master Performance Coach, accredited by the International Coach Federation.
As a community give back initiative, Sook Leng draws from her experiences and contributes articles on workplace behaviours in The Star to share her thoughts on leadership at all levels of an organisation.