All Blog Posts Tagged 'leadership' (57)

We need robust, ethical leadership for these turbulent times

by Sandra Burmeister

Turmoil, uncertainty and risk are the watchwords of the global economy today. Businesses operate in a complex, unstable environment where old models and systems are no longer reliable.

The rules have changed, which demands a new kind of leadership. We are in the midst of one of the greatest changes in modern times:

  • Old centres of power are faltering,
  • Technology is driving innovation,…

Added by Lia Marus on January 22, 2014 at 8:30 — No Comments

Don’t make this classic leadership mistake when you lead Millennials

by Ryan Jenkins

Leaders are struggling to come to grips with the new generation of workers that’s occupying the 2013/2014 workplace. The mistake they’re making is believing that the highest priority of Millenials, is their pay packet. Those that continue to make this leadership mistake will get a nasty surprise.Why you ask? You’ll just have to keep reading…

The chart below is from a study done by Boston College’s Centre for Work…


Added by Lia Marus on December 10, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

How to enable women to get higher positions

by Portia Moyo

Considering that having women in the workplace has been a common occurrence since at least the 1960s, why do we still harp on about the issue? As long as women at all levels continue to express their dissatisfaction with working conditions, South African companies will have to address the issue of what they should do to make their workplaces more attractive to the fairer sex because, in short, is that it makes economic sense: research has shown that…


Added by Lia Marus on December 9, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

Leadership development: The definition of insanity... The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results

Research indicates that 75% of organisations are not happy with their leadership development programmes. But when you look at the fact that today’s leaders are being taught the same leadership ‘principles’ as their predecessors were, it is not difficult to understand why this is the case. With organisations doing the same thing over and over again - and not drawing on any new research - leadership development has become stuck in a rut.

Natalie Cunningham,…


Added by Lia Marus on October 28, 2013 at 8:00 — 2 Comments

Resilient leadership: Don’t just empower – emancipate!

I’ve had many managers in my time and these individuals have had very different managerial styles. It goes without saying that the people who’ve led me in a nurturing and uplifting manner have had more of an impact on my development and growth as a person – both in my career and personally – than those who merely shouted at me and insulted me when I did something wrong. These managers are not just managers; they are resilient leaders.


According to Bonang Mohale -…


Added by Lia Marus on September 10, 2013 at 7:30 — No Comments

Big Business outdoes Government on Leadership Ethics

Government and Big Business have something in common – corruption. They seem to be head to head in a reckless scramble to outdo each other in the high-stakes corruption game. According to Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer 2013, between 40% and 50% of South Africans have paid a bribe over the past year, with the most prominent accomplices being – in order of severity – the police, political parties, public officials and parliament. And then there are, of course,…


Added by Johan Poolman on August 20, 2013 at 8:40 — No Comments

Leadership from within: It starts within ‘me’

by Susan Grobler

Imagine your organisation with individuals who have the desire to perform to their fullest potential because they experience meaning in performing the tasks they execute, resulting in peak-performing employees who take responsibility and accountability for their individual roles as well as the organisation’s strategic intent.  To accomplish this, the organisation’s leadership team needs to facilitate the alignment of the…


Added by Lia Marus on August 2, 2013 at 8:24 — 2 Comments

Madiba’s Teabag Laws for Leadership Success

Great leaders do not have to be firebrand orators who make rousing speeches. Few will dispute the leadership credentials of Nelson Mandela, yet he was not a particularly good speaker. To quote from Rick Stengel’s book Long Walk to Freedom: "People often tuned out of what he was saying after the first few minutes." What differentiated Madiba as a leader, however, was his authenticity as a person and his moral authority and willingness to stand up and be counted in the face of…


Added by Johan Poolman on July 22, 2013 at 20:17 — 4 Comments


I read a research paper that I would like to recommend :  “An exploration of successful school leadership in a challenging school context:  Case studies of two Secondary School in Soweto”.  The research was done by Linda Ramatseba in 2012 in…


Added by Wilma de Villiers on June 23, 2013 at 21:03 — No Comments

More confident women and inclusive environments are key to empowering women

While there are more women in leadership and management positions than ever before, the workplace remains a male-dominated terrain, with men still holding the majority of top positions in government, commerce and industry.

Though Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook CEO ranked as one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World, is widely known for her…


Added by Lia Marus on June 21, 2013 at 7:36 — No Comments

How can your HR processes support your company's leadership brand?

by Carl Eichstadt

In this highly competitive modern business world, South African companies need to find solutions to differentiate themselves from competitors in the global and local marketplaces. One of the ways to assist with this is to develop a unique leadership brand for your company. 

What is your company's leadership brand? 

Whether we like it or not, our employees and our company’s external…


Added by Lia Marus on June 11, 2013 at 10:13 — No Comments

Leadership Maturity, Accountability and Guptability

Someone mentioned the other day, on Radio 702 that Marikana exposed the fault lines in our society, and I fully agree (see my own perspectives on that at my BLOG). Similarly does the GuptaGate sage show a fault line in our thinking about leadership, their role and accountability.

To most practitioners in the management and behavioural sciences it is not news that leadership has a tremendous impact on the psychological climate of a group (the collective “mood” of people) and this…


Added by Phil de Kock on June 1, 2013 at 15:30 — No Comments

ANC 'appalled' by FNB adverts - (Have You seen the video we posted)

The FNB "You Can Help Campaign" is an attack on the ruling party and its leadership, the ANC said on Monday.

"The African National Congress is appalled by First National Bank (FNB) advertisements in which the ANC, its leadership and government, is under attack on an commercial masqueraded as youth views," said spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

"What is of concern to the ANC is that the advert content is [an] undisguised political statement…


Added by Bronwyn Newman on January 22, 2013 at 12:30 — 1 Comment

Nominate your Tomorrow's Leaders

You know who they are... The individuals in your company blessed with that indefinable X factor for success. The ones you know are destined for senior executive roles in your organisation, the ones whose names always crop up when succession planning is discussed. Well they may still be waiting in the wings, but you have an opportunity to let them know that you recognise and appreciate their talent. Nominate them today for a place in the coveted Tomorrow's Leaders Alumni…


Added by Dylan James on November 20, 2012 at 11:15 — No Comments

Should MIning Be Mechanized, In the Wake of the Current Labour Situation?

Many, specifically engineers and economists argue that it is time to mechanize mining, given the current labour unrest and also the wake of Marikana. The basic idea is that it current depths and other physical considerations actually demands it and at the same time will the cost savings eventually benefit the economy as a whole. Here are some of my ideas on the issue:

  1. The issue is not only about cost saving and making profit. It is about reasonable…

Added by Phil de Kock on October 19, 2012 at 8:03 — No Comments

Marikana, The Massive Failure of Leadership and the HR Function

We should be careful that our perspectives reflect a mind-set that will perpetuate the current climate of industrial anarchy in the mining sector. In terms of the Marikina incident several factors that require further investigation. Some of these include:…


Added by Phil de Kock on October 8, 2012 at 8:11 — 11 Comments

Just about every company says it innovates. Yeah right!

Companies like to use the word "innovation" all the time. CEOs, Annual Reports and Press Releases are full of it. Businesses throw around the term to show they're on the cutting edge of everything from IT to customer service. But that doesn't mean the companies are actually doing any innovating. Instead they are using the word to convey everyday progress.

Innovation has become a cliché. Clayton Christensen, a professor at Harvard Business School and the author of 'The Innovator's…


Added by Tim Malone on May 25, 2012 at 16:00 — 2 Comments

Please, stop talking about innovation …

Organisations devote an enormous amount of energy talking about the importance of innovation. But here’s the truth: most companies can’t innovate because everyone’s job is to maintain the status quo.

You and everyone else in your organisation is snowed under making sure you’re doing what your job description says you should be doing. And even if “innovation” is included as a KPI, few companies have an effective innovation…


Added by Tim Malone on May 10, 2012 at 21:50 — 19 Comments

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