As the famous saying by Andrew Carnegie goes “There is no use whatever trying to help people who do not help themselves.”
These powerful words set the tone of the 2015 Leadership Development Programme (LDP) in Durban. Delegates from Tanzania, Zimbabwe and various parts of South Africa attended in a five day programme which covered exploring the dynamics of future leadership.
Hosted at Mancosa [GSB], delegates were exposed to a series of lectures and tours facilitated and presented by Advocate Mahomed Abdullah Vahed who centered his message around leaders’ change in mindset. Other sessions were facilitated by Professor Anthony Rippon (specialist in Strategic Management), Dr Preeya Daya focused on Ethical Leadership, Edris Khamissa conducted a motivational talk and Mrs Maxine Grimett-Ngonyoza facilitated on Stress Management.
Tours during the programme exposed delegates to culturally rich tourist attractions such as the Durban Natural Science Museum, uShaka Marine World, the Botanical Gardens and the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The tours complement the programme by displaying the different business and leadership practices used across various organisations within the city of Durban.
Delegates who participated in the LDP positively commented on the programme by saying the following:
“The LDP programme has been great as it displays a different approach to emulating information and ties that in with the tours to various companies and historical sites which impacted on the history of the city of Durban. The quality of leadership displayed by senior managers within the various companies visited, shows that there is innovative thinking related to more “out of the box” ideas and processes which will be suitable in the progress of developing a country.”
Mr. Chen Jones, CEO 7 World Group – Originally from Zimbabwe
“The tour and programme has exceeded my expectations and is a programme that I would definitely recommend to other senior corporates. The programme provides lots of new information and skills that I will need to go back and unpack and there are new skills that I have certainly learned through this programme.”
Mr. Mogamat Moochietaba Sallie, Financial Manager, SASRIA SoC Ltd
“The programe has been very informative, what I really liked was the programme was structured with different learning methods. The fact there was a smaller group made it easier to interact and listen to different suggestions and we all learning from each other. I feel that I could take away quick wins from the programme to incorporate into my current working environment.”
Ms. Nkateko Judith Mayimele, Head of Internal Audit, SASRIA SoC Ltd
“The LDP programme has demonstrated a lot of things we as senior managers are doing wrong and doing right. Company visits tie in well with the theory part and we are grateful for the way the entire programme has been conducted.”
Mr. Thamsanqa Mlotshwa, Managing Director, Mlotshwa X-Ray Services
“The programme was worth coming for. Overall the course is excellent. From the programme I established that we need to guide colleagues and train them as the soft skills are lacking in Tanzania and I will push more of my colleagues to attend this programme. The programme displays a sense of surprise as you never know what to expect next.”
Mr. Waseem Khalil-Ur-Rehman Arain, Director Corporate Banking, Bank M (Tanzania) Ltd, Tanzania
“Glad I came onto the programme as it highlighted how we are conducting bad practices in our work environment. It has also opened my eyes to my home environment and some of the things we do in terms of our behaviour are incorrectly carried out. The course is not purely academic and equips us with life skills.”
Mr. Anbendren Pillay, Director: Department of Environmental Affairs South Africa
As the Programme Director; Mr. Abdulla Sardiwalla provided brief insights in planning and managing the LDP; “The Leadership Development Programme has been a fantastic experience. Watching delegates from diverse backgrounds and different countries working together with such spirit has been a pleasure. This year we have definitely increased the rigour of the programme, including many teamwork activities and we have challenged the delegates to collaborate. The programme has been well received and we have already commenced planning for the next programme which will take place in Johannesburg in October.”
MANCOSA is proud to be able to reward and develop senior individuals with leadership skills and practices that can be applied not only in the corporate sectors but also in their daily lives.