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Leadership Self-Development Journey
“You are today where your thoughts have brought you.
You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”
- James Allen
SELF-REGARD: Positive self-regard is necessary for a leader in order to accept criticism, learn from it and continue leading with confidence.
EMPOWER: The more empowered and free people feel, the more they give to the cause. Rather than trying to control, leaders show trust in people's inherent capabilities.
SELF-CONFIDENCE: To lead requires the confidence to take the first step and have others follow you.
CULTURAL AWARENESS: In an age of globalisation and culturally diverse workplaces, sensitivity for differences is critical to the leader's success in mobilising people as a community.
LIFE-BALANCE/RESILIENCE: To sustain his energy and ability to focus, and to set a credible example, a leader needs to have good balance between the different areas of his life and model resilience.
SELF-INITIATIVE: To be a leader is to take the initiative to make a positive difference.
COMMUNICATION: The leader's ability and commitment to communicate with clarity and appropriateness is essential to his leadership effectiveness.
TREND/SYSTEMS AWARENESS: A big-picture view to spot trends early on and an understanding of the influences of systems and their relationships is needed for the strategic direction that the leader must give.
AUTHENTICITY: A leader cannot help others unless he shares himself openly and honestly.
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS: Leadership is by definition action in the context of relationships. To ignore relationships contradicts leadership whereas building them enhances teamwork.
ORGANISATIONAL AWARENESS: Sufficient awareness of different aspects of the organisation, such as the reason for its existence, the history, structure and culture, enables the leader to align himself and his team effectively.
CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE: Only by making good heart and mind connections with people can the leader hope to influence them to co-operate enthusiastically.
HONESTY/INTEGRITY: The leader is credible and ethical to the extent that his beliefs, values, attitude and behaviour forms an integrated whole.
CHARACTER: Leadership involves many tests of courage, resilience and morality which make strong character indispensable.
BEING SERVANT: By choosing to serve and not boss the team, the leader builds them up and collectively they grow to become better leaders in service of the organisation.
BUILDING TEAM: It is in the development and performance of the team that the leader's effectiveness can be seen.
BUILDING SUPPORT: A leader must be able to build support for his ideas and direction or else fail as a leader.
VISIONARY THINKING: The mental picture of a desired destination, big or small, sparks focused activities and worthwhile endeavours, which is why leaders' first task is to imagine the ideal future.
PASSION: The leader does not only have to have a strong sense of responsibility, but passion for the cause.
INSPIRING HOPE: Nothing is as damaging to an organisation as the negative attitudes of its people. It is the leader's uppermost responsibility to inspire hope and create a positive climate.
LEADERSHIP STYLE: Different situations require different leadership styles to be effective. Good leaders are flexible and versatile in their style.
SELF-DISCIPLINE: The leader's self-discipline sets the standard and example for others without which consistent performance is not possible.
DECISION MAKING: With firm and apt individual decision making together with skilful facilitation of team decisions the leader ensures momentum and backing for the direction taken.
SELF-MOTIVATION: The leader motivates himself with his personal vision, passion, potential and moral convictions.
RECOGNITION: Leaders recognise people privately and publicly out of real appreciation for their contributions as well as personal qualities.
BUILDING TRUST: By being honest, open and consistent and by showing the willingness to trust the team, the leader lays a strong team foundation for the good, but especially bad times.
TECHNOLOGY AWARENESS: Understanding the potential positive and negative effects of technology in the organisation enables the leader to balance human interests with efficiency.
ADAPTABILITY: Effective leadership is more a consequence of the leader's ability to adapt well to changes than a consequence of his knowledge or experience.
PERSEVERANCE: Leadership disappears when we give up and emerges when we choose to persevere when others would have given up.
STRATEGIC THINKING: With the vision or goal in mind, leaders accept responsibility for the most effective way to achieve the vision or goal.
SELF-AWARENESS: Self-awareness opens the door to effective communication and the leader's ability to relate to others.
CREATIVITY/INNOVATION: Since leaders focus on potential and imagine the future to be different, they demonstrate and encourage innovative and creative thinking.

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Trend/systems awareness
Organisational awareness
Visionary thinking
Strategic thinking
Cultural awareness
Technology awareness


Connecting with people
Building relationships
Being servant
Building support
Building team
Building trust
Leadership style
Decision making
Inspiring hope


Offer to corporates: Reach further and deeper to develop your people

The New Era Leadership personal development program (see the demonstration video on the homepage) offers an affordable, practical and time-efficient solution to Leaders of organisations and Human Resources departments to support and assist large numbers of employees in their personal and leadership development with excellent material and an effective process. Travelling and distance is not a problem. Employees in more remote areas can as easily participate as anyone else. 
The progress of participants can be followed and coaching can easily be linked to the commitment to self development.

In summary

For corporates – reach further and deeper to develop your managers/leaders

• Start anytime with any group of participants
• Interactive (inspirational learning material, reflection, practical application)
• Flexible (choose any 32 of the 52 weeks; any topic after the first four)
• No loss of productivity (no travelling or interruptions in work-time)
• Journal
• Blog participation – open community/your organisation/your division
• Coaching – can easily and effectively be linked to coaching programs
• Monitoring of progress
• Facilitation sessions on leadership principles (optional)

As an pratical example -

  • Organisation X want to know the leadership strength and potential of their middle managment. They assess them on the 32 leadership principles of the New Era Leadership assessment. See information about the assessment here
  • The organisation or a division register on the program for a selection of middle managers based on the assessment results
  • Their development plan is to use the program as a self-development tool, a platform for coaching as well as a catalyst for leadership conversations in the organisation
  • With registration they elect to have discussions on the blog only amongst themselves (the whole organisation or a division) or as part of the open communicty of participants in the program
  • The accountable person for the development initiative periodically monitors the progress report on the NewLead website
  • Those participants who have coaches send them their weekly self-reflective answers in support of their coaching
  • A New Era Leadership coach facilitates over the year seven 5-hour conversations in groups (2 on leading self, 2 on leading change and 3 on leading others) as further collective learning and commitment to the leadership principles

How to register and buy the program

  1. Identify the employees that you want to give the benefit of the program  (from middle managment to executive levels as well as people earmarked for future leadership roles). Click here for an example of a letter to communicate their selection to the program
  2. As the authorised representative of the organisation, register and buy the number of program credits you need. If all the users are from the same department/division fill in the the name of the department/division. Else, leave it open.  You will find on the registration form the option to choose the blog community that the users will be part of - open community (all users of the program), company community (all users of the program in the company) or department or division community (all users from the same department or division as registered by you as company representative). Payment method: Credit card payment is limited to the amount of R 5000 per transaction for security purposes. Use the secure EFT payment option from bank accounts at any of the following banks: ABSA, ENB, STANDARD BANK or NEDBANK. Else, as in the case of international buyers, email Gerhard at to notify him of your interest and/or intent to purchase the program. He will reply with bank account details for payment.                       
  3. After payment you will receive an email requesting you to give minimal details of the participants in an Excel file
  4. Email the file to New Era Leadership
  5. Participants will receive an email with their login details
  6. As a representative of the organisation and the accountable person you can use your login details to view a report of the progress of all participants at any time

The following are some of the benefits of the program:

  • Flexibility. Users engage with their development guide in their own time. There is no need to interrupt their work schedule and waiste time on travelling to venues. Sitting in the train, aeroplane, waiting room, car (waiting) etc. can be very meaningful and productive time as they read and reflect on a leadership topic   
  • Relevance and appropriateness. As we know, we learn best when the timing is right. The topics are relevant to everyday living, particularly at work, but users can determine what is appropriate for them at the time. The journal will become a rich source of wisdom to revisit and reinforce what they have learned
  • When used as a corporate development inititiative it provides a framework and basis for conversations that sensitizes people to thinking of themselves as leaders with leadership responsibilities
  • The program facilitates growth and development where it matters most: In-depth and self-reflective thinking over a long enough period of time to change behaviour.  In comparison to 2 or 3-day courses it offers a much higher return on investment

To register and buy the program click here


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