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Leadership And The MTN Saga

Almost four months ago I wrote an article in this very paper about MTN and its top leader. I sketched a scenario that depicted some of MTN SA’s history of leadership changes – four CEO’s in just over seven years.  Read it I explained that “there comes a time when the top leader cannot shift blame […]

Leader Profiles & Insights
Leadership Knows No Gender

 We have spent much time analyzing leaders from all walks of life on our Leadership Platform. While it is risky to generalize, women seem to have a greater predisposition than men to be sensitive to the needs of others, and to foster nurturing environments because of their socialisation. Not that men can’t be that way […]

Pride – A Leadership Killer

“I am really really really really really proud of the people that we have.”  This was one of the last comments Sipho Nkosi made before we closed our leadership conversation with him at his Exxaro office, just outside of Centurion, some time ago. Nkosi is the CEO of Exxaro Resources and former president of the […]

Models, Principles, and Behaviours
Our South African Leadership Heritage

Many readers of the Star Workplace Leadership Platform column are leaders who want to rise to their full potential and improve their leadership capacity. This is not an easy mission under circumstances in our country that seem to be filled to the brim with daily challenges, contradictions and obstacles. Environmental respect The development of exceptional […]

If President Zuma is Re-Elected

So it seems President Zuma may be re-elected at Mangaung this week. Should this happen we will once again be reminded of his resilience and ability to withstand resistance and opposition, aided by ANC culture and a picture or agenda that does not seem to be well communicated to or understood by ordinary South Africans […]

A Lesson Worth Noting from the Lonmin Mining Debacle

There are many leadership lessons that can be taken from the ongoing Lonmin Mine issue, but we would like to focus on just one today. Let us compare Lonmin Mine, or any other organization – perhaps including your own – to a car. Which part of the car is the most important?  Which part of […]

Q&A with Professor Robert Kaplan – Translating Strategy into Action

The BR Leadership Platform recently had a leadership conversation with renowned international business strategist and expert, Professor Robert Kaplan, who will be visiting South Africa next month. Kaplan is the Baker Foundation Professor at the Harvard Business School (HBS).  He joined the HBS faculty in 1984 after 16 years on the faculty of the business […]

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