Having played many leadership roles throughout his career, Professor Chang has developed a passion for mentoring younger leaders. Professor Chang also teaches on leadership programmes at NIE and the university. Professor Chang played an important role in developing the first systems-level leadership executive programme at NIE (called Executive Programme for System-level Education Leaders (ExSEL). The executive programme examines the nature of and the levers for positive and sustainable change in education systems. The programme also looks at creating a professional learning community of system-level leaders to strengthen individual and collective impact on education policy and practice around the world. He also developed the NIE Leadership Advancement and Excellence Programme (NIE LEAP). The programme considers leadership development for leaders who are beginning to experienced leaders. A range of development activities including an induction workshop, mentoring sessions, professional learning communities and conversations with more experienced leaders. Apart from his experience in developing curriculum for these leadership programmes he has also facilitated in these programmes he has designed. He is currently also a facilitator on the NTU leadership programme - the Nanyang leadership Academy.
He has been trained in several leadership programmes conducted by NTU, the Civil Service College and INSEAD. For the programme organised by NTU and INSEAD, he was also awarded the Mary Suresh Award (MSA). The Mary Suresh Leadership Award (MSLA) recognises participants who demonstrate commitment to continuous learning, while inspiring others towards leadership development. The awardee is nominated by peers and then picked by a selection committee. The criteria for award is based on the participant's ability to engage the cohort in collaborative learning and demonstrates the ability to communicate with impact, among other criteria.