Essence of Leadership

“We cannot teach people anything. We can only help them discover it within themselves”

- Galileo Galilei

Uniquely Curated 1 - 3 Day Experience

We believe that, in today's world, leadership cannot be taught.  Effective leadership is becoming more about widening our worldview, dealing with constant change and reconnecting to our humanity.  It is about leading with purpose and conviction into an uncharted future.  Only when we step outside of our circles of certainty, come face-to-face with uncertainty and learn to harness our vulnerabilities will we find the ability to lead courageously with an open mind. 
The Essence of Leadership is for:
- Leaders and emerging leaders who are challenged by the uncertainty of the changing world and desiring to build the courage and meaning to chart a course where there is no map.
- Organisations that believe in enabling the potential of their people and are serious about encouraging highly effective and empowering environments. 
Set in real time, delegates work across diverse social systems and environments to develop contextual and self-understanding. Living and working out of their 'comfort zones', delegates experience first-hand the complexities of both the changing world and the complex systems at play, and assess their thinking, behaviour and responses through a new set of eyes.
The intense interaction, cross cultural immersion, extensive debates, real life case studies and assignments coupled with direct feedback from team members and experienced facilitators constantly challenges and augments the process. We also purposefully don’t talk about 'what’s next' in order to break with the complexities and regiment of our everyday lives.
The experience has a unique kind of alchemy where connections between people form as they are placed into real world scenarios throughout the inner city of Johannesburg. Each experience is split over 3 days, with individual coaching in between, allowing time to absorb and reflect both individually as well as one-on-one with Essence of Leadership facilitators / coaches*.
*Our facilitators and credentialed coaches have over 180 years of combined leadership experience working with organisations and their employees to effect profound change and growth.

Program details

Location - Inner City Johannesburg

Home to one of the most dense collections of skyscrapers in Africa, the Johannesburg CBD is a vibrant and ever changing canvass.

Delegates will engage with different kinds of leaders in vastly contrasting situations that will open their eyes to cultural and lifestyle diversity. They will also witness the ravages of society without leadership versus the dynamism of those with effective leadership.

The Experience

Over the course of three days, delegates will be asked to engage with, and immerse themselves in business, culture, history and our shared humanity on a journey of perspective which reframes how they view the world and their role in it. Set in real time, delegates work across diverse social systems and environments to develop contextual & self-understanding.
Living and working out of their ‘comfort zones’, delegates experience first hand the complexities of both the changing world and the complex systems at play, and assess their thinking, behaviour and responses through a new set of eyes. This experience places humanity at the centre of everything we do as it is the cornerstone to all of us and is ultimately what lies at the heart of successful organisations.

Here and Now

Connection to the modern world (cellphones, laptops etc.) is kept to an absolute minimum, allowing delegates to liberate their minds & truly focus on the 'here and now'.

Safety

Delegates largely spend the three-day journey in unusual or foreign situations / circumstances. Every precaution is taken to ensure delegates' safety (although much of the backup is unseen). 
Before each activity, delegates are fully briefed on what to do. In the urban and rural environments, trusted local guides and routes are used.

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