The BLSA (Business Leadership South Africa) Authentic Leadership Conversation Series. Through this initiative various CEO’s from the BLSA gets interviewed, with the focus on Authentic Leadership styles and how these attributes contribute to multiplying leaders – moving society – transforming towards an empowered society.

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We introduce our new initiative: The BLSA (Business Leadership South Africa) Authentic Leadership Conversation Series – through this initiative we will be interviewing various CEOs from the BLSA. We start the journey with our first special leader – Adrian Gore, CEO/Founder at Discovery Group and board member of BLSA.

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We live in a country with lots of polarity and diversity. In this interview we have a leader who has been in the media often of late. Adriaan and Louis Groenewald spend time with Kallie Kriel, CEO of Afriforum. Under his leadership their organisation has grown from ‘0’ to ‘more than 200 000 members’. Why? An insightful and interesting discussion.

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Louis Groenewald and Theo Veldsman talk about a new trend in the leadership culture of today. A culture moving beyond ’THE leader’ – mobilising the total leadership group of the organisation in such a way that it enables them to operate beyond hierarchy and function… converting them into a community based on ‘Shared Leadership’.

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The Leadership Platform interviews Ian Russell, Chief Executive Officer at BCX. A highly commercial, MBA qualified, senior executive with proven strong communication, stakeholder management and people leadership skills, developed in the technology, financial services and manufacturing sectors.

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Adriaan, Louis and Rogers Sithole speak to Grant Pattison – Director at Companies and current CEO at EDCON. Four years ago Grant was our first guest on this show. We catch up and talk about authentic growth phases and leadership lessons learnt during these periods of change and challenges. A fascinating conversation!

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Prof. Theo Veldsman shares his research, experience and vision about leadership as a journey – and how to navigate this towards a desired future. The Leadership Platform team explores this theme with him. Prof. Theo Veldsman is a Work Psychologist, Visiting Professor in Work Psychology at University of Johannesburg, Strategic Associate, InavitIQ.

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The guest Dr Leon van Vuuren is the Executive Director: Professional & Business Ethics at The Ethics Institute, and a strategic partner with the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa. The team talk about what best describes good ethical leadership in today’s society – using current and rapid changes as a backdrop i.e. leadership change, social media, information access etc. – because of its direct impact on society.

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Leadership transitions (LTs) are inherent to and critical passages in the career of any leader, e.g. from one requisite level of work to another; from one type of position/role to another; or from one organisational function to another. A discussion that should pique the interest of all current or perspective leaders.

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Adriaan interviews two executives, Jo-Ann De Wet – Chief Operations and Supply Chain Officer, and Brigitte Da Gama – Executive Human Capital at McDonald’s Corporation South Arica. They have an interesting discussion about their journeys (personal and career), followed by an inspiring authentic leadership conversation.

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