Gain a greater appreciation of the complexity of the South African environment and the implications for personal, organisational and societal leadership.
“Be a voice, not an echo’’ - Albert Einstein
The GIBS Nexus Leadership Programme is no ordinary learning intervention. This transformative leadership programme is designed to equip leaders in business, civil society and government with both the self- and the social-awareness to lead effectively in this complex and rapidly changing world. Nexus aims to transform the ways leaders make-meaning of the world around them, enabling them to be more adaptable, more collaborative, and more skilful in engaging with complexity in their personal and professional lives. In the process, leaders' perspectives broaden from more individual concerns to a focus on the needs and concerns of society as a whole.
Nexus will challenge you to see – and to see beyond - your existing assumptions and biases. It will equip you to have courageous conversations in ways that lead to innovative outcomes. It will enable you to learn from (rather than to dismiss) diverse and divergent perspectives and to create genuinely inclusive cultures that allow everyone to contribute.
The Nexus programme has been selected by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) as one of 35 programmes globally that demonstrate the unique ways that business schools globally embrace an innovative mindset and serve as visionaries across the higher education landscape". In total, the AACSB received more than 315 submissions, across 33 countries for the 2017 Innovations That Inspire showcase.
The Nexus programme is based on experiential learning, reflective practice and direct engagement with societal leaders. It is not lecture based. Participants are invited into a series of carefully designed engagements with self, with others and with the broader environment and supported to reflect on these experiences to gain new insight. In this way, the learning of each participant is unique to them and continues to develop long after the end of the programme.
Nexus is run over a seven-month period. The course consists of 11 full-day and three half-day participatory and experiential learning sessions; 7 evening sessions with a small number of classmates to integrate learning; and an individual coaching session. Monthly activities and a series of reflective written assignments provides an opportunity for participants to apply and integrate their learning further.
The programme format for 2022 will be responsive to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sessions may be held both on-line or in-person and participants will be informed before each session of the format. The health and safety of participants will always be a primary concern.
Quotes from previous participants:
"Here is what I still apply from Nexus every day: [The] ability to have difficult conversations, through the application of the tools I learnt at Nexus. A greater appreciation for the benefit of diversity and the strength it gives us. The fact that everyone has a story and has something to teach us, despite their background, education level, provocation or status. To be more understanding of people – since you don't know their story, until you actually find out" - Melanie Miller - KPMG
"The value Nexus offered me was twofold. In my personal life, I have learnt to listen more and challenge myself to explore new spaces in our country beyond my comfort zone. In my workspace, my team knows that they can bring forward any new ideas and they will be considered, no matter their position or the size of the idea. The result is that many of these ideas are now being implemented to make us more efficient and successful as a team. It is also important that all voices are equal and that every person has an opportunity to contribute. I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to attend a learning experience like Nexus. It was like no other course I have attended previously and realised quickly that what you put into Nexus, is what you will get out..." Gillian Whittal, Business Unit Manager, Janssen.
"In the world of changing technology, climate, stakeholder expectations, ethical dilemmas and market instability, the job of a leader is increasingly becoming that of building trust and not just ensuring productivity. This requires a different kind of leadership. It requires leaders to be authentic, to seek to understand their contexts deeply and to set out compelling visions that will connect with the heads and hearts of those they lead. Nexus is a journey that invites you to experience and experiment with ways of becoming this type of leader. To look again at your assumptions, values, beliefs and fears and to choose consciously that which serves you, others and the world. You will laugh, you will be surprised, you will be confused, you will be awed, you will be angry and you may even cry. Don't worry, you are becoming…" Lerato Mahlasela, Managing Executive: Corporate Education, GIBS Business School.