All Blog Posts Tagged 'leadership' (43)



What motivates your leaders? What motivates your employees? What motivates you? I
n the coming year - what will you focus on. This tool can be used to enhance team work and improve…

Added by Dr King Costa on December 24, 2016 at 18:00 — No Comments


Business Leadership Insights! from "The Dimensional Entrepreneur"
Whereas not everyone one can run their own businesses - everyone can still be an entrepreneur. This is where i totally encourage organisations to encourage Corporate Entrepreneurship - whereby employees are encouraged to apply concepts of entrepreneurship at work. Companies who practice…

Added by Dr King Costa on October 17, 2016 at 14:58 — 2 Comments

An Integrated Approach to Leadership Development: The Leadership Brand

Your brand is what people say about you when you're not in the room - Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon

Leadership brand:

  • Is something that both employees and external stakeholders perceive;
  • It is what we become known for as individuals and as a company; …

Added by Letitia van der Merwe on August 26, 2016 at 7:00 — No Comments

An Integrated Approach to Leadership Development: The Leadership Strategy

The only thing we know about the future is that it is going to be different.” Peter Drucker

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”Alvin Toffler

In the previous block we argued leadership development should form part of an…


Added by Letitia van der Merwe on August 25, 2016 at 7:09 — 3 Comments

An Integrated Approach to Leadership Development

We need leaders and not just political leaders. We need leaders in every field, in every institution, in all kinds of situations. We need to be educating our young people to be leaders. And unfortunately, that’s fallen out of fashion.” American historian David McCullough

“I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure.” –  Charles…


Added by Letitia van der Merwe on August 23, 2016 at 16:30 — 3 Comments

Using the stages of team development for improved efficacy

You can’t expect a new team to work well together at first. Sadly, the reality is that there will be teething problems during the first days, weeks and months of a team working together. As much as you would like to hit the ground running with your new team, a period of adjustment is needed until the team is able to work effectively.


This model was first proposed by group dynamics researcher Barry Tuckman in his…


Added by Chantel Harris on January 20, 2016 at 11:57 — No Comments

5 Leadership Lessons from Disney-Pixar

When I sat down to write my latest article, I started thinking about what makes a leader great. Are people born with the personality traits and charisma to lead? Do we learn leadership like any other skill? Or just maybe it is a combination of both and relies on the right set of events, circumstances or a defining moment that allows natural ability and situational learning to intersect and bring out the greatness in an individual.  

We can…


Added by Jared Shippel on October 1, 2014 at 9:54 — No Comments

How to identify the perfect project leader in an interview

Although most experienced interviewers can spot an unreliable CV a mile away, there are a lot subtle challenges when it comes to hiring the perfect candidates for your business. This is especially true when it comes to employing someone to fill a leadership role.

Simply put, a great leader is not afraid of hard work, but not every hard worker is meant for leadership. How do we identify the candidate who would not only be a great employee, but also an asset to the business in…


Added by Chantel Harris on July 29, 2014 at 13:00 — 3 Comments

What incentives do employees respond well to?

by Lia Marus

The chronic skills shortage we're experiencing in this country is making it very difficult to retain one's staff because recruiters and other companies are hungrily preying on those who have those skills which are in such short supply. Company loyalty has become a thing of the past because of the tough economic times we find ourselves in and employees will go to the employer who pays the most.Is it possible to retain…


Added by Lia Marus on July 11, 2014 at 9:00 — No Comments

What to do when your employees won’t follow your lead

by Juliet Newton

 It's all terribly simple. You're in a managerial role because you've proven yourself and have been the most adept at 'getting stuff done'. Unfortunately, being responsible for employee management isn't simple: achieving an objective yourself, and the ability to get a group of people to achieve those same goals, are two very different skills sets. What happens when your team won't move in the same direction or aren't…


Added by Lia Marus on July 8, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Are Managers Born or Made?

Is good management a natural aptitude that someone is either born with or not? Or must talent first be developed through training and experience? This is an interesting question to ask, because it leads to another, more pressing one: can anyone be a manager?

Arguing the case that managers are born

If you wanted to make this side of the argument, you would say that not everyone is cut out to be a manager – and that sounds like a fair statement to make. …


Added by Chantel Harris on June 18, 2014 at 15:40 — 2 Comments

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

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