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Leadership development in the Western Cape Government

When the Western Cape Government (WCG) set out to develop their brand of leadership across several layers of their hierarchy, they had some specific requirements for the intervention. Director-General in the Western Cape Government Advocate B. Gerber says, "Leadership excellence is an important element of the WCG people strategy in order to support a vision-led and values driven approach."

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Is leadership branding an issue in South Africa?


Management educators, Dave Ulrich and Norm Smallwood define a leadership brand as, “A reputation for developing exceptional managers with a distinct set of talents that are uniquely geared to fulfil customers’ and investors’ expectations." In South Africa, leadership branding is a topic that is seldom spoken about and I was wondering why? Is it even a necessary field? With this in mind, I spoke to South African-based organisational psychologist and leadership specialist, Carl Eichstadt, about leadership branding.

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Executives: You don’t need to act tough at the top

Executives are praised for their successes and maligned for their failures. And because they’re the "movers and shakers" in our midst, their activities and behaviours are relentlessly scrutinised, analysed and judged by any number of observers both inside and outside the organisation.

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