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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
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.
SELF-REGARD: Positive self-regard is necessary for a leader in order to accept criticism, learn from it and continue leading with confidence.
HONESTY/INTEGRITY: The leader is credible and ethical to the extent that his beliefs, values, attitude and behaviour forms an integrated whole.
BUILDING SUPPORT: A leader must be able to build support for his ideas and direction or else fail as a leader.
SELF-MOTIVATION: The leader motivates himself with his personal vision, passion, potential and moral convictions.
BUILDING TEAM: It is in the development and performance of the team that the leader's effectiveness can be seen.
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.
CHARACTER: Leadership involves many tests of courage, resilience and morality which make strong character indispensable.
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.
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.
CREATIVITY/INNOVATION: Since leaders focus on potential and imagine the future to be different, they demonstrate and encourage innovative and creative thinking.
CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE: Only by making good heart and mind connections with people can the leader hope to influence them to co-operate enthusiastically.
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.
SELF-AWARENESS: Self-awareness opens the door to effective communication and the leader's ability to relate to others.
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.
RECOGNITION: Leaders recognise people privately and publicly out of real appreciation for their contributions as well as personal qualities.
STRATEGIC THINKING: With the vision or goal in mind, leaders accept responsibility for the most effective way to achieve the vision or goal.
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.
TECHNOLOGY AWARENESS: Understanding the potential positive and negative effects of technology in the organisation enables the leader to balance human interests with efficiency.
PASSION: The leader does not only have to have a strong sense of responsibility, but passion for the cause.
AUTHENTICITY: A leader cannot help others unless he shares himself openly and honestly.
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-DISCIPLINE: The leader's self-discipline sets the standard and example for others without which consistent performance is not possible.
SELF-CONFIDENCE: To lead requires the confidence to take the first step and have others follow you.
LEADERSHIP STYLE: Different situations require different leadership styles to be effective. Good leaders are flexible and versatile in their style.
SELF-INITIATIVE: To be a leader is to take the initiative to make a positive difference.
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.
COMMUNICATION: The leader's ability and commitment to communicate with clarity and appropriateness is essential to his leadership effectiveness.
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.
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.
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS: Leadership is by definition action in the context of relationships. To ignore relationships contradicts leadership whereas building them enhances teamwork.

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Trend/systems awareness
Organisational awareness
Visionary thinking
Strategic thinking
Cultural awareness
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Connecting with people
Building relationships
Being servant
Building support
Building team
Building trust
Leadership style
Decision making
Inspiring hope


What people say about Gerhard's work

Gerhard van Rensburg is an experienced coach who has equipped me over the years to cope with the stresses and strains of life at the peak of an organisation. His calmness is infectious; his insight impressive and his ability to create distance crucial. Gerhard provides leadership frameworks that enables anyone to develop and to become independent from the coach. 

Leon Vermaak - CEO Telesure

Gerhard has provided the Avery Dennison South Africa extended Leadership team with invaluable insights and a toolbox that enables the team to deliver the business results. By working with teams and individuals, Gerhard is able to ensure the overall business objectives are met whilst still ensuring that personal development takes place. With the ongoing personal development that took place the results were evident in the EQ of the people that participated and translated directly to commercial results.

Craig Zeelie – MD Avery Dennison

Gerhard is a phenominal coach. His endlessly deep insight into human nature, behaviour and relationships has had, and continues to have, an immense impact on my life. I cherish every moment I share with him and look forward to the journey ahead!

Francois Malan - Business Manager Telesure Group Services

I have seen a marked improvement in team interactions, individuals’ self awareness and motivation. This must be attributed largely to Gerhard’s process, his calm and reassuring manner and his unthreatening and approachable way that he transfers information to individuals and groups during feedback sessions.

Steve Sackett MD Chemical Initiatives

The exceptional pragmatic approach applied by Gerhard with a very special touch to address the challenges of the technical, academic and the psychological requirements is a unique skill to be experienced. In looking back at the impact the leadership coaching with Gerhard has had on Vomak, it is one of the most crucial programs that Vomak has embarked on.

Lothar Vogl MD Vomak Industries

Dr Gerhard’s leadership coaching did not only identify development areas in my make-up as a manager and a leader, but it also gave me the opportunity to develop. Dr Gerhard is a master in the field of leadership and it was an honour to be coached by him.

Johan Lombaard Portfolio Manager Transnet

Identifying and mentoring potential leaders needs someone with emotional and social intelligence, exceptional people skills and the ability to be compassionate but also straightforward and to the point. Gerhard has the ability to combine all these skills to establish an environment for growth. His outstanding knowledge on leadership and his ability to create trust with every individual added exceptional value to our programs.

René Snyman, Managing Director, Beckman Coulter South Africa.


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