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Bob Skinstad (Ex-Springbok Rugby Captain; Founder of Bobs For Good – a NPO that puts shoes on the feet of needy schoolchildren) Interview by Justin Nurse. In association with Primedia and LeadSA. What would you define as a good leader? I think that a lot of good leaders these days are stuck in the politics [..]

Bob Skinstad (Ex-Springbok Rugby Captain; Founder of Bobs For Good – a NPO that puts shoes on the feet of needy schoolchildren)
Interview by Justin Nurse. In association with Primedia and LeadSA.

What would you define as a good leader?

I think that a lot of good leaders these days are stuck in the politics of leading. Look at Helen Zille. She’s vociferously said that it’s going to be real hard work in the tiny battles that we fight every day in the public speaking forums such as parliament where we can only make tiny differences, one vote by one vote. And maybe she’s got the best perspective on it: good leadership isn’t one guy helping a team win a rugby match, but rather fighting to turn a country around and change the fortunes of a nation.

Helen Zille is working hard at improving the lives of others and she thinks she’s right; I for one think hers is a noble cause. But it’s certainly not the popular definition of a leader these days. The popular definition is someone like Steve Jobs, someone who can come in and make quick wins. It’s money related.

Anthea Swift (President of Women for Afrika; owner of HumanWorks – a corporate consultancy business that deals with leadership in the workplace.) Interview by Justin Nurse. In association with Primedia and LeadSA. Do you consider yourself a leader? I do, actually. But it’s not easy for me, accepting that I am a leader. The messages [..]

Anthea Swift (President of Women for Afrika; owner of HumanWorks –
a corporate consultancy business that deals with leadership in the workplace.)

Interview by Justin Nurse. In association with Primedia and LeadSA.

Do you consider yourself a leader?

I do, actually. But it’s not easy for me, accepting that I am a leader. The messages from my childhood around ‘don’t get too big for your boots’ come up. I suppose part of getting older means that false modesty or reluctant leadership needs to fall away. So I need to claim my ability to lead and bring about change for people. Reluctant leaders don’t enable other people.

Justin Nurse writes about the thinking behind The Pied Piper Project, laying down some of the theoretical framework for what makes for a good leader in South Africa. The Pied Piper was the dude who convinced the rat-infested town of Hamelin that he could take care of their verminous problem. Playing a musical pipe and [..]

Justin Nurse writes about the thinking behind The Pied Piper Project, laying down some of the theoretical framework for what makes for a good leader in South Africa.

The Pied Piper was the dude who convinced the rat-infested town of Hamelin that he could take care of their verminous problem. Playing a musical pipe and dressed in pied (coloured) clothing, he lured the rats away into the Weser River where all but one drowned. This obviously wasn’t good enough for the folk of Hamelin, for they stiffed him on the deal, refusing to pay him the full, agreed amount.


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