Effective leadership

USB professor pens innovate guide

Effective leadership requires high EQ
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A book designed to assist current and aspiring leaders to determine which leadership skills they may need to develop – Leadership for All: Virtue Practices to Flourish – was launched recently. 

Co-authored by Professor Marius Ungerer, associate professor in strategy, change and leadership at the University of Stellenbosch Business School; Johann Herholdt and Jannie le Roux, the book presents a structured programme to assist leaders in practically developing their skills, attitude and knowledge in 24 competencies.

“There is no doubt that today’s leadership across all sectors is in turmoil. With issues such as poor governance, non-compliance and a weakening economy facing the private and public sector, upcoming and present leaders need to understand how to deal with these challenges, as well as adequately develop their skills. 

“This book attempts to develop a thorough understanding about the essential competences that leaders use in order to be influential and have a positive impact on the world,” explains Ungerer.

He says that although many books exist that cover the topic of leadership, there is a shortage of material that guides leaders to understand their natural leadership style and strengths. “This publication centres around 101 reflective concepts and exercises that guide leaders to expand their competence in three clusters, namely cognitive and knowledge, social and attitude, and personal and emotional.”

The book is written in an easy-to-read yet novel format. “Readers can either read it in a logical, sequential fashion, or in a non-linear way, allowing the person to focus on the aspects important to his or her leadership journey.” Written for students, leaders, coaches, mentors, trainers, programme developers and academics, the book is aimed at any person who wants to improve his or her leadership capacity.

“The emphasis throughout the book is on participation by individuals or groups, with minimal intervention by coaches and leaders. We want to encourage readers to explore a new leadership paradigm flowing from the new science of Positive Psychology, which is why the book relies on the reader’s engagement in the form of exercises and practical application,” concludes Ungerer.

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