Archives of #leadership

Solitude

Nature’s Gift of Solitude

Humanity needs no reminder that our lives have become more and more frenetic – in multiple ways. Solitude is almost a lost art in these times of ultra-connectedness.  We live in a fast-paced world of bombarding information and increasing expectations of instant connection, with less emphasis on the quality of that connection. This can lead […]
fertile culture

Compassion, Cacao and Corporate Culture

“Dark chocolate brown rich soil” The first two words possibly have you more excited than the last three. However, many of us earthy types who love to dig our hands into our vegetable gardens, or who have walked in pristine indigenous forests, possibly find soil as appealing to our senses, as we would dark chocolate. […]
foxes

Foxes with DragonFly Eyes

There is a 2,700 year old saying about foxes and hedgehogs written by an ancient Greek poet, that paints a profound analogy of leadership styles today. A fox knows many things, but the hedgehog, only one important thing.  This fragment from Archilochus’s poetry, was made famous, in the 1950s, by Isaiah Berlin’s philosophical writing. The […]
Lincoln

Lessons from Lincoln

It may not be apt to compare our current turbulence, to the enormous challenges faced by Abraham Lincoln, in the transformation of America.  However, there is indeed much to learn from his extraordinarily courageous leadership as we attempt to transform our own leadership capabilities in the uncertain world in which we live. Doris Kearns Goodwin, […]
Lions in flow

Finding flow through compassionate leadership

Have you ever asked yourself whether you are being the best version of yourself? There is a wonderful state of being when we are in alignment or ‘in flow’.  When we are in this state of being, the best version of ourselves is so evident.  There are multitudes of self-help recipes to assist us in […]
Spring

Pondering the possibilities of spring

Well, I can confirm it really is true. Johannesburg simply does have the most liveable climate on the planet. The veracity of this was confirmed by the astonishing beauty of a walk along the Braamfontein Spruit this morning. Mere weeks ago spring on the Highveld was just a promise, heralded by hardy early blossom and […]
Trust

On trust

By Frank Thompson The most powerful forward-looking emotion is hope. If we are able to face whatever lies ahead with hope, then there is no obstacle that cannot be overcome.  The opposite is also true.  If we are hopeless about what lies ahead then every obstacle is insurmountable. Hope is personal and internal. But, trust […]
Giving

Leadership is about Giving

By James Lewis There is be a global tendency to believe that positions of power are platforms that entitles one to take from the world. It is little wonder we have bred generations of narcissistic autocratic management that manifests toxic cultures that suck the enthusiasm and spirit from those with the desire and talent to […]
multiple shapes and forms

Leadership comes in multiple shapes and forms

By Niven Postma At precisely a time when we most need it, leadership is nowhere to be seen in the places we most look for it. So perhaps, we are simply looking in the wrong places.  And perhaps we also need to relook how we define leadership. What do I mean by leadership? Margaret Wheatley, […]
Followers

Followers change things, Leaders don’t

By Pete Laburn  If you think you are a leader, but nobody is following you, you are really just talking a walk.   Entrenched in history and still permeated in modern leadership theory is the notion that people holding positions of authority are extremely important, and followers matter far less.  In most academic literature on the […]
Blessing

Blessing in Bhambayi

By Steve Hall A tribute to Blessing Nyoni, founder of GOLD CO and human rights activist in Bhambayi, Durban. With the food for the stomach settled, now it was food for thought And the lessons we learn from Blessing, are gems which cannot be bought Surrounded by Leaders who’ve influenced their world, Leaders who’ve shown […]
Connection

Leadership thought:  Leadership is about Connection

By Lindsay Braithwaite Ubuntu. ’A person is a person through connection with others.’ The above definition of the famous African concept of Ubuntu, applies aptly to the Lead with Humanity approach to Leadership. Simply put, we cannot lead if we are not connected to the people we are leading. And so, what do we mean […]
Influence

Leadership is about influence, not control

By Frank Thompson For many with a 20th century mindset the notion of leadership paints a picture of command and control vividly demonstrated in the pervasive warfare of that era. Here, leadership stems from positional authority in the hierarchy of an organisation. In war it may be argued that this is necessary, and that other […]
Shadows

Have you met your shadows?

Have you ever turned down an opportunity for fear of failure?  Or not shared your opinion for fear of being judged? Have you ever been triggered by someone’s behaviour or thought; ‘I would never do that?’ Have you ever said or done something, on impulse, that you later regret?   Yes?   Maybe?   If this sounds, at […]
Gandhi's Sins

Seven Sins for Humanity

One of the most insightful summaries of the way Mahatma Gandhi lived his life can be found in his identification of seven deadly sins for humanity.  He had a deep commitment to Satyagraha, meaning ‘instance on truth’, and this underpinned each of these philosophical instructions. Gandhi said that there should be no wealth without work, […]
Wealth without Work

Wealth without Work

Whilst growing up, my father always reminded me that ‘the only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary’. I wasn’t sure what he meant until it was my turn to earn a salary, run a business, pay bills and care for a family.  My respect for that statement increased 10-fold. But today, […]
Knowledge without Character

Knowledge without Character

The trolley of refreshments would be waiting just outside the classrooms of the Global Leadership Center. Neatly stacked on its two stories would be jugs of fresh water, bowls of mints, and on Fridays a few chocolate treats to indulge the taste buds of the delegates. Behind that trolley, if we were lucky, would be […]
Lockdown

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This weekend wasn’t really the end of lockdown, it just felt that way. Today, 8 million South Africans returned to work, and 14 million school children nearly did, but then didn’t. Golf courses and legal cigarette packets remain closed, but liquor stores opened, and open-toed shoes became available again. So, by all intents and purposes, […]
Leadership

Time to toss Leadership Competencies Part 3: Future Imperative

The third of a 3-part series on leadership development in a post-COVID world Read part 1 Read part 2 Let’s get the elephant out of the room. Are leaders born or are they made? The answer is an emphatic YES. Courageous, empathic and visionary leaders who positively and proactively influence their world, are in short […]

Time to toss Leadership Competencies Part 2: Leadership Today

The second of a 3-part series on leadership development in a post-COVID world Read part 1 In Part 1, Leadership’s Dark Ages, we suggested that the leadership competency model was developed and ‘perfected’ in an industrial age construct.  And that many organisations remain stuck in the paradigm where good leadership means efficient management. At Lead […]
Buffalo Thorn

OUR CONNECTION TO AFRICA’S 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 […]