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Be Kind

Be Kind

In bright colours and written at an ascending angle stands a block letter artwork.  Perhaps it is less of an artwork, and more of a suggestion for Humanity.  It reads ‘BE KIND’ and it is displayed boldly on the corner of a high energy business and retail hub in Johannesburg, opposite the iconic golden arches of McDonalds. […]
Human Rights Day

For we can never forget

Today is Human Rights Day in South Africa. If ever there was a country which needs to pause a moment in a tumultuous world, and reflect on this day it is us. We have an unenviable history of the abhorrent use of power by the powerful over the powerless, and it has gone on for […]
Buffalo Thorn


The Lead with Humanity ethos is reflected in the nodes, hooks, spikes and leaves of Africa’s buffalo thorn (Ziziphus mucronata). The leaves and their three strong veins represent our relationship with ourselves; other people; and our creator (however that is personally interpreted). The nodes are the moments in time when we make tough decisions and move through challenges.  At each node […]
Leaders Follow

Follow the Leader

Quote: John Maxwell To lead with influence, you need people who trust you, who align with your values and who believe, in their bones, that they matter to you.  There is an abundance of effort and investment made in the pursuit of developing leaders for the 21st Century’s VUCA world (read more here).  There is, however, an […]

10 Ways to Create Diversity & Transformation in the Workplace

BLOG, CULTURAL DIVERSITY, CULTURAL DIVERSITY TRAINING By Renias Mhlongo | Translated by Alex van den Heever Renias Mhlongo was born in what is today the greater Kruger National Park. As a young boy Renias was responsible for 17 head of cattle; protecting them from lions, hyaenas and leopards resident in the area. His father’s rule was simple […]

Nelson Mandela

  “ We have set out on a quest for true humanity, and somewhere on the distant horizon we can see the glittering prize. Let us march forth with courage and determination, drawing strength from our common plight and our brotherhood. In time we shall be in a position to bestow upon South Africa the […]

Are You Addicted to Power?

  The design of firms fosters power intoxication in their leaders. Greg, a top executive at a large financial institution, enjoyed the status that came with his job. He liked receiving attention and having people defer to him. He also relished rubbing shoulders with others in power. At the yearly meetings of the World Economic […]

How Humble Leadership Really Works

  When you’re a leader — no matter how long you’ve been in your role or how hard the journey was to get there — you are merely an overhead unless you’re bringing out the best in your employees. Unfortunately, many leaders lose sight of this. Power, as my colleague Ena Inesi has studied, can cause leaders to […]

Courage and Care

Xolani Hlabisa is a security guard. There is no boom by which he stands, or padlocked entrance. He has no glass fronted hut to sit behind with high tech cameras, and there are no telephone directory sized manuals of paper on which to sign. I have often wondered what happens to those reams of illegible […]

Six Keys to Transcendent Leadership.

Transcendent leadership was introduced as a global imperative at the 2007 World Economic Forum in Davos. Over the last 10 years, two threads have appeared defining what a transcendent leader is. The first thread — doing — relates to the topic of profits, people and planet, as outlined by John Jacob Zucker Gardiner, professor of educational leadership at […]

Soulful Leadership: Emulating Gandhi and Mandela

This year is a significant one in South African history. It is Nelson Mandela’s birth centenary. Coincidentally, it also marks the 125th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi being thrown off a train at the Pietermaritzburg Railway Station for refusing to give up his seat in a first class, “whites-only” compartment. To the world, the connection between the two […]

The Power of Resilience

While I realise that ones financial situation is always temporary, the temporary nature of our financial standing has been a long period of significant financial duress. It has often felt anything but temporary, and more like a long winding and suffering snake of stress and anxiety, about whether we will make it or not this […]

Why You Lead Determines How Well You Lead

One of the most telling questions you can ask someone in any kind of leadership role is what motivates them to be a better leader. Some will say it’s to enhance their personal effectiveness, or that leading is an expected part of their professional development. Others may say that they lead because of a sense […]

Freedom Day

We sometimes forget too quickly. The bombings, the detentions without trial, the hurried and unwanted exiles. When the smoke has long since wafted away, it takes with it some of the angst and excitement of days long gone. The cloaks of covert criminality and daggers of destruction and deceit have perished or rusted away since […]

Lead With Humanity Community Impact – Thank You

All Lead with Humanity programs ensure delegates interact directly with communities – many of which are impoverished and lack leadership. Notwithstanding this, they open their homes / lives to delegates and contribute hugely to delegates experiences. As a way of saying thank you, delegates seek to respond and assist these communities enhance their lives. In […]

If I was born black in 1979…

If I was born black in 1979 there is almost no way on earth that I would have had the life I did have growing up! I was born the son of white teachers, and we lived at Michaelhouse school in the Midlands. If I had been black, and for argument sake, was born in […]

Self awareness can help leaders more then an MBA can

Vincent Siciliano, CEO of California-based New Resource Bank, was brought in to turn things around and restore the bank’s founding mission, which is to “serve values-driven businesses and nonprofits that are building a more sustainable world.” Within a few years, Vince had the bank back on track, but not everything was going as well as it […]

Conversational Intelligence

  Get to the next level of greatness through quality conversations “To get to the next level of greatness depends on the quality of the culture, which depends on the quality of relationships, which depends on the quality of conversations. Everything happens through conversations.” – Judith E. Glaser Judith Glazier is an Anthropopolist, consultant to Fortune […]

The Seeing Eye

There was a legendary character in the world of South African retail by the name of Ernst Loebenberg. He would scour the stores of Woolworths for men’s size sixteen and a half white collared shirts, and his neatly pressed white glove would leak the secrets of any residual dust on the shelves. Dirt was just […]

Agility: The Ingredient that will Define Next Generation Leadership

Today’s organisational leaders are facing accelerating rates of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, all of which are showing no signs of slowing down. Whether it is the continuing digital revolution or expanding global markets, our current environment requires a constant state of innovation. For companies to continue succeeding, next generation leaders must be able to […]

A Carwash kind of Question

A carwash is not a carwash is not a carwash. Just like Leadership comes in multiple shapes and forms, so too do many seemingly menial things like a simple carwash. In the smart and sublime suburbs of Sandton, they may be fully automated with a Seattle coffee thrown in as part of the deal. Housewives may […]

Lead with Humanity Coaching Reflections September 2017

It is sometimes so difficult to put an experience into words and then do that experience the full justice it deserves. I think our week together was one of those experiences. Coaching is very much part of the thinking of how and what makes any system ‘work’, and the energy that generates that system to […]

The Importance of Neuroscience in Leadership

So what kind of expertise do leaders need? They need sustained, continuous practice in the underlying skills of leadership:  Be able to focus their attention.  Change that focus when required.  Reflect critically on their thoughts, attitudes and behaviors.  Manage themselves so they can mobilize their will power, persist in adversity and calibrate their attitude to risk […]

The power of Insight and the Subconscious

Coaching was embedded into the Essence of Humanity program to support each delegate’s journey of self-discovery and to turn some or all their insights gained during their immersion to sustainable actions and possibilities in their lives, both personally and professionally. “Insight might be defined as the active principle of intelligence operating in any sphere of […]

The Insignific-Ant

I was reading a little about ants, and I learned a lot about nature – possibly even Human nature ! According to Mark Carwardine in his book “Extreme Nature”, it is estimated that ants make up 15% of the planets total biomass, with biomass being the mass of all living matter in a given geographic […]

The Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert

“The Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert talk about the two “hungers”. There is the Great Hunger and there is the Little Hunger. The Little Hunger wants food for the belly; but the Great Hunger, the greatest hunger of all, is the hunger for meaning… There is ultimately only one thing that makes human beings deeply […]

How Trees Heal People

Where trees breathe New life is born Where each branch reaches out to me I know myself held in the arms of purest generosity Where the leaves fall I am blessed with a giving back that nourishes the roots of my soul For the trees reflect who and how I can be Standing tall, true, […]

One More Time – a Letter to Cherished Delegates

The radio crackled through and a voice found purchase between the dust and the distance of an evening drive. This usually means something exciting has been seen, and at times like this we say a silent prayer that what has been spotted is indeed spotted. And so it was. A Leopard. The energy ratcheted up quicker than […]

Sarvodaya –Well being for all

This is the name of Mahatma Gandhi’s house. The one in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, on the outskirts of Phoenix nestled amongst the bustling settlement of Bambayi. It was burned down in 1985 in the wake of the politically charged Inanda riots, but has been rebuilt and now serves as a largely undiscovered haven of […]

Why We Can’t Stop Talking About Pope Francis

The institution of marriage as it’s been traditionally defined is under pressure from changes in demographics and modes of human reproduction, the rise of feminism, and the broad cultural acceptance of gay people. At the invitation of the Vatican, in a couple of weeks, an unusual gathering of world religious leaders will convene in Rome […]

Précis of Leadership 2030

Massive global forces will radically reshape the way we do business in the future, as well as the way we lead people and organisations. Based on research conducted by Hay Group, a global management consultancy, and Z_punkt, an international leader in strategic foresight analysis, Leadership 2030 pinpoints six converging mega-trends driving global change at the […]

Why You Lead Determines How Well You Lead

One of the most telling questions you can ask someone in any kind of leadership role is what motivates them to be a better leader. Some will say it’s to enhance their personal effectiveness, or that leading is an expected part of their professional development. Others may say that they lead because of a sense […]

Guiding Principles

Some Penned Thoughts By Steve Hall I have been blessed with many special relationships in my life and I enjoyed a memorable dinner with one of them recently in Cape Town’s new Local Grill restaurant in Salt River. Like all great meals, there is always something more to it than just the food or service. […]

‘How will you measure your life?’

By Clayton M Christensen, James Allworth, Karen Dillon For the past 12 years I have been facilitating leadership development programs that have endeavoured to help delegates grow their understanding of who they are, their life purpose and how this might reflect on their ideal approach to leadership. I have battled to find the ideal readings to compliment our program and have used […]

Lean Back – 6 Post Macho Management principles

By Don Peppers Several years ago the nature of management’s future was driven home to me in a flash, as I shared the stage with my co-author and business partner Dr. Martha Rogers. It was the heyday of the dot-com boom, and we had just done an hour-long joint presentation for an audience of thousands, […]

Humility in Leadership

By Keith Coats This is a well written article by my colleauge Keith Coats on humility in leadership.  Too many leaders today are operating without humility, choosing rather to function with an over-confident and arrogant approach.  The leaders of tomorrow are, as Keith explains, those who practice humility in their approach to leadership… Think Big, Act Small by Jason Jennings is a […]

11 Things Smart Leaders Know, Do and Live

By Keith Coats My colleague at Tomorrow Today, Keith Coats, recently published this excellent article about the 11 things that smart leaders know, do and live.  I believe that these below points offer a solid foundation on which to build your own leadership skills and experience. Charlie Parker, a genius when it comes to the […]