Ian Tan
Principal Consultant
Chief Enabling Officer

Individual Category
Contribution to the Field of Training and Development

Ian Tan is the Founder and Chief Enabling Officer of Lifeskills Institute whose singular focus is to empower people to live their best lives. Ian enables his clients to discover their purpose, maximise their potential and to lead their communities and organisations with impact. Since 1996, Ian has led Lifeskills Institute’s own transformative growth from a training and consultancy business to the well-trusted, one-stop Life skills authority in Asia it is today. 

 As a Master Facilitator for Zenger Folkman, a leading world authority on data-centred, strengths-based leadership development, Ian delivers high-impact leadership development and corporate training programs for various key industries, sectors, and markets in the region. These award-winning programs are each solidly grounded in research and employ a unique, strengths-based development methodology. 

Ian draws on his training and experience in human psychology, coaching, counselling and business, to connect with diverse audiences and work with leaders at all levels in organizations. Over the last 20 years, more than 200,000 people across 20 countries came through his certifications, training, consulting and coaching services. The diverse audience come from MNCs, SMEs and educational institutions.  

Ian is also one of Asia’s pioneer Master Behavioural Consultants, specializing in behavioural analysis, leadership development and strength-based change. As the Master Accreditation Trainer of the PeopleKeys®-DISC Personality System™, Ian has accredited thousands of other behavioural consultants such as HR professionals, senior management, trainers & consultants, educators, business owners throughout the Asia-Pacific.  

As a certified Solution Focused Coach and facilitator for some of the world’s leading assessment tools used for strengths-based development, Ian also holds a degree in Social Science & Applied Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counselling.  

Ian recently co-founded Best Of Me Pte Ltd – the first Asian-based digital platform that combines Human, Science and Technology to democratize coaching, making coaching accessible to everyone. The mission is to empower individuals, teams and organizations to unlock their fullest potential through personalized coaching.  

His work and his passion are encapsulated in his personal mantra – “Do what I love in the service of people who love what I do”.