There’s been a lot of talk around leadership in recent months. It’s no exaggeration to say that this is something that’s taking up more and more space in South Africans’ minds. What makes a good leader? Why don’t leaders get it right? And what kind of leadership do we need to take the country forward?
It’s not surprising that we are fairly obsessed with this topic. After all, distilling the essence of excellent leadership has been our mission at Blueprints since inception. And that’s why we’re both pleased and proud to announce our next project: Uncovering the blueprint of future leadership in South Africa.
We are in the process of interviewing one hundred of the foremost leaders in key South African sectors – from government to civil society, from education to business and even popular culture – to identify the attributes they deem crucial to drive the country forward. From there, we’ll implement our trademark process: identifying the most commonly occurring themes, voting them with the top one hundred constituency and expressing the winning traits as a mathematical equation, highlighting the critical success factors that both enable and disable leaders to optimise their success. We are certain that the artwork that emerges as a result will be quite unlike any other – a valuable and true reflection of the South African identity, at a time when the country is crying out for such markers.
We believe it is entirely fitting that our findings will be released during the year of the Nelson Mandela’s centenary celebrations – what better way to honour one of the greatest leaders of our time?
We do not exaggerate when we say that we believe this journey will change us as surely as it will change South Africa. We look forward to sharing it with you.
Guy Martin is the founder & Managing Director of Blueprints: assisting CEOs to drive growth by increasing the alignment of their people to business goals by 50% within an 18 month period.