Nexus Leadership Programme

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Adaptive and transformative leadership in a rapidly evolving South African environment

“Be a voice, not an echo’’

                                                                                ~Albert Einstein

Nexus is a seven-month transformative leadership programme that supports leaders in business, civil society and government to more skilfully – and collaboratively – understand and navigate the complexities of the South Africa context. Utilising a myriad of learning tools underpinned by deep dialogue, contextual awareness, experiential learning and self-reflection, Nexus nurtures leaders who are self-aware, have a high level of personal mastery, are able to engage meaningfully with a diversity of perspectives, and have the skills and the passion to develop innovative solutions to new challenges. The programme also provides tools for the application of key learnings back into the workplace

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.

Programme Methodology

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.

Over the 7-month programme, delegates meet for two consecutive days a month. A series of written assignments allow delegates to integrate the learnings into their own lives.


Opening Seminar11-12 April
Block 116 -17 May
Block 213 -14 June
Block 311 - 12 July
Block 415 - 16 August
Block 512 - 13 September
Block 610- 11 October


Click here to read more about the Centre for Leadership and Dialogue​

Programme Fee: R33, 500

For enquiries please contact Nompumelelo Shabangu at or on 011 771 4249

Who should attend?


This programme is designed for leaders in  corporate, civil society and government sectors who want to understand the South African context better and who are passionate about making a positive difference to their organisations and to the country as a whole.

How you will benefit

Through this programme you will: 

  • Deepen your ability to see systems and linkages and reduce the 'silo' mentality;
  • Develop skills to better understand the ''problem underneath the problem'', and thus to develop more effective solutions to challenges;
  • Develop skills and competencies to lead diverse teams in a collaborative and inclusive manner and to facilitate team learning and growth;
  • Be able to work constructively and creatively with diverse stakeholders to understand and address pressing issues;
  • Deepen your self-awareness, sense of agency and personal mastery and be better equipped to see – and to interrogate – your own mental models and assumptions;
  • See more potential in people and situations, especially in those you may have been prone to discount or dismiss;
  • Be more willing and able to engage in the courageous conversations needed to move ourselves, our organisations and the country forward and to have them in ways that deepen understanding, generate new insights and open possibility
  • Gain a greater contextual appreciation of the complexity of operating in the South African environment and the implications for personal and organisational leadership;
  • Be connected to a passionate group of people who are committed to effecting positive change in South Africa.


Key Focus Areas

    Contextual Awareness: A deep and nuanced understanding of the South African context, key trends and issues.
  • Dialogue: The ability to engage meaningfully with a multiplicity of perspectives and to generate new understanding.
  • Authenticity: Self-awareness, congruence and the courage to voice divergent views.
  • Agency: A belief in your own ability and freedom to effect change.
  • Vision: A powerful and positive imagination of the future.

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