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From the police force to the philanthropic sector, Benedict Cheong, chief executive of Temasek Foundation International, has seen different types of leadership at work.

"One day we are with a farmer in Aceh. Another day we'll be with a teacher in Manila. And another day with the Deputy Prime Minister in Laos PDR. Which job gives you that?" - Benedict Cheong.

AS A TEENAGER, Benedict Cheong was fascinated with school timetables. How are these drawn up, such that everyone gets their classes and each teacher also has his share of breaks in between classes?

Later, when he started flying as an undergraduate studying overseas, it was the scheduling...