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Leadership legacy: Madiba’s leadership principles


2019-03_UJ JBS_MC Madiba_Web banner_v01.jpgThe quality of our leadership has been identified as one of the biggest risks to the growth and development of South Africa. It is clear that the time has come to focus on a different kind of leadership that is relevant both today and as a guide into our future. The world we live in has become so technologically advanced and it affects everything that we do. The problems and challenges that we face have changed and the impact that working with 4 distinctly different generational styles brings its own challenges.

While the circumstances that we find ourselves in may have changed, there are certain basic models of leadership that focus on what we can do for others rather than what others can do for us. It works under the premise that we are who we are due to our interactions with others and that these interactions benefit the people we lead as well as ourselves. It’s a concept of interactive or servant leadership, where we focus on the benefits we can give to others, thereby realising our own personal growth and satisfaction. There are many examples of exceptional leaders close to home and we will be studying one of the greatest of these.

By doing this we will understand the true concept of Ubuntu, as Madiba put it:
“- Ubuntu is the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others;
that if we are to accomplish anything in this world, it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievement of others”.

Nelson Mandela believed in four leadership principles which were captured by Richard Stengel in his book Mandela’s Way, Lessons on Life. These principles were:
  • Be measured
  • Lead from the front
  • Lead from the back
  • Quitting is leading too
In this 4 hour workshop, we will focus on these principles in detail and exploring how we can apply these them in our day to day life, in both personal and work situations.
At the end of this workshop you will know:
How to stay in control by
  • Knowing who you are
  • Understanding your triggers
  • Building your Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
  • Using Powerful Body Language
  • Being strategic
  • Being influential
How to take the initiative by
  • Being Committed
  • Being Accountable
  • Being a Change Agent
  • Becoming a Communication Specialist
  • Sharing your Vision
  • Being Authentic
How to influence people through
  • Focusing on teamwork
  • Sharing your strategy
  • Setting SMART Goals which are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound
  • Encouraging others by practice a GROWTH Mindset
  • Coaching
How to plan your legacy
  • When you know your Why and your What you can determine your How
  • Keeping the end goal in mind
  • Developing Others
  • Prepare through succession planning


  • This workshop is ideal for C-Suite Executives, Mid Management and Emerging Leaders.Course Details:


Accomplished senior executive with strong leadership skills and the vision to strategically plan, direct and guide teams to achieve company goals and objectives. Directs teams to ensure successful business and project operations through development of company structures and harnessing individual skills through effective team collaboration. Takes accountability and ownership for Business Unit Profit & Loss. Stringent management of cost centre budgets. Decisive decision maker, concise in defining action to achieve set goals, firmly directs teams to success.

Highly focused on successful delivery in all areas within time, output to required quality and on budget. Committed to Employment Equity to ensure the legal and ethical goals of diversity appointment and development are implemented at all levels.


Operational and Business Management

  • Provide strategic direction to management team for Business Development
  • Plan, develop and implement strategic goals
  • Budget development and control of planned expenditure
  • Identification, analyses and mitigation of risk
  • Lead, through empowerment, diverse teams in Project management, Project Controls, Procurement, Commercial, Materials & Logistics, Engineering, Construction, EHS and Quality. 


  • Facilitation of technical reviews, problem solving, knowledge management, strategic planning and process mapping.
  • Development of standard procedures, systems and processes strengthened by strong technical and project management background.
  • Full life cycle project management – engineering, design, procurement, manufacturing, construction, handover.

  • +27 11 559 1783


  • Date: 19 July 2019
  • Time: 09:00 - 12:00
  • Training venue: Johannesburg Business School (Cnr Barry Hertzog and Empire Road, Milpark)                           
  • Fee: Free