The Centre for Leadership and Dialogue aims to create a new generation of leaders, armed with the capacity and insights to lead their businesses, public institutions and social enterprises — all of which are essential to achieving success in an increasingly complex world.
We work with a broad range of current and emerging leaders through programmatic learning
interventions or strategic
dialogues with business government and societal stakeholders to catalyse public and private partnering
strategies to address the intractible South
African and global challenges. This body of work
requires participants to use the exploration of the South African socio-political landscape to better
understand and strategically develop their internal leadership motivation and
practice. The streams of work of the Centre, through its
very particular content and methodology, shifts mind-sets from individualism to power of
ecosystems.The scope and substance of the Centre’s work is enabled
through generous corporate and donor funding and programme tuition fees.
Nexus is a personal leadership programme that helps young leaders in business, civil society and government navigate the changing landscape of our country. Through experiential learning and dialogue, participants are challenged to find ways around the obstacles that are holding themselves, others and the country back. We call this the ability to Lead Beyond Boundaries.
The programme consists of five components that collectively facilitate the development of various managerial competencies. Skills and challenges introduced in one component of the programme can be interrogated and tested in others. In this way, delegates are constantly learning and practicing new skills and also challenging their peers to find creative means for solving problems. The five components of the programme are listed below. Conversations with Extraordinary South African Businesswomen.Delegates will meet for intimate conversations with extraordinary South African businesswomen.
The Social Entrepreneurship Programme (SEP) is a middle management training programme, for people who want to make a difference. The course takes excellence in business thinking and applies it to the social development space.
The flagship programme of the GIBS Network for Social Entrepreneurs
, the Social Entrepreneurship Programme (SEP), is designed to provide social changemakers and entrepreneurs with the skills, creative thinking and networks needed to tackle the complex social and economic realities of the communities within which they work. This comprehensive, year-long programme will equip you with the business skills needed to start or grow your organisation and maximise your impact. SEP blends world-class business expertise with the complexities of social change and is designed for leaders who wish to be more effective managers and visionaries. Classes have a reputation for passionate debate as theories, experience and the diverse worlds of entrepreneurs, NGOs, business and government meet. This programme is subject to the University of Pretoria’s accreditation and processes but is not yet accredited through SAQA. It is pitched at a National Qualifications Level 7.
The Spirit of Youth programme is a forum in which 11th and 12th Grade learners critically engage on relevant issues that they may better define and actuate the South Africa in which they would like to live. Learners are selected on the criteria that each has distinguished her- or himself as a leader in their school community. The expectation is that these young people are likely to have a disproportionally high impact on their immediate peers and society at large. The programme brings together learners from a myriad of social, economic, geographical and educational backgrounds from across Gauteng. Our aim is that this year-long discourse will develop new understanding of the South African context and its possibilities.