Leonard Yong (PhD; MEd; B.Sc; FAPA) graduated from TAR College School of Arts & Science in June 1975. He is presently based in Dubai as an International Psychological Consultant with clients from different countries such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman. After graduation from TAR he obtained his Diploma in Education and the Master in Education degree as well as Ph.D from UM. He taught in the University of Malaya for more than 20 years before retiring as Professor of Educational Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology & Counselling.
Professor Yong has gained international recognition for his work on the creativity of Malaysians. He was awarded the 1992 Fulbright Award to undertake research on the creativity of Americans. He was also awarded the 1993 Japan Foundation Research Fellowship Award to conduct research on Japanese creativity and the Senior Research Fellow, European Studies Program, Bocconi University, Italy to conduct personality research in Italy, Germany and Scotland.
Based on his pioneering work on the LEONARD Personality Inventory (LPI) & the LPI Software, and its use in helping individuals to develop their Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Professor Yong has conducted seminars and consulted in many countries such as the United States of America, Austria, Britain, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Kuwait, Dubai, Oman, Japan, China, India, Korea, Indonesia, Burma, Singapore, Thailand and Papua New Guinea.
Professor Yong has extensive cross-cultural experience in consulting and research for agencies and companies in Middle East, Japan, Australia, and the Asian region. His clients include Petronas, Maybank, Intel, Motorola, Malaysian Tourism Ministry, Malaysian Ministry of Health, Malaysian Ministry of Women, Family & Community Development, Saudi Arabia Government, Thai Reuters, Kuwait Petroleum Company, Dubai Police and Oman PDO.
Professor Yong’s books include Emotional Excellence In The Workplace, Creativity:A Study of Malaysian Students, The LEONARD Personality Inventory and Gateways to Discovering Your Creativity. Presently he is Adjunct Professor to Asia e University and Adjunct Professor to Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Counselling Association and Lifetime Member of the Malaysian Psychological Association. He is a Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association.