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Leading teams on an ethical foundation

Why study leading teams on an ethical foundation?

There is a common belief that leaders are born, not made, but this isn’t necessarily true. Anyone can be a leader if they have the ambition and appropriate coaching.  

There is currently a shortage of competent, ethical leaders and with the futurist era that we are confronting, we will certainly need reliable, ethical leadership. There is a disruptive “4th Industrial Revolution” taking place right now, bringing about rapid technological developments such as robots, artificial intelligence, space travel and driverless cars.    

People talk of the shortage of natural resources like coal or oil, but one the greatest shortages we currently face is in the field of human leadership. This not only includes individual leaders, but leadership teams for all entities as well.

How will you benefit from studying this short learning programme?

Career and leadership opportunities are rapidly changing and evolving. Titles such as employee, labourer and boss should not be given too much power. Instead, we should be striving towards becoming leaders. Note that there is a significant difference between managers or bosses and genuine inspirational leaders. The difference will be explored in this course.

After completion of this short learning programme you will be able to:

  • Understand and believe that you can be a leader
  • Identify characteristics in yourself that will form the basis of leadership skills
  • Learn how to develop personal leadership skills in yourself
  • Distinguish between management and leadership
  • Understand that a leadership team is preferable to an individual leader
  • Learn how to work as part of a leadership team
  • Acknowledge that there are many leaders who use their leadership qualities for unacceptable purposes e.g. Adolf Hitler, Lay and Skilling of Enron.
  • Appreciate that ethics is the most important quality of a genuine leader
  • Carry out all aspects of an entity’s affairs in an ethical manner, with an ethical culture
  • Accommodate a multi-cultural society  
  • Develop characteristics such as emotional intelligence, a motivational attitude and entrepreneurship
  • Strategise for the short, medium and long-term
  • Manage your time, listen more than speak, be accessible, trust your staff and communicate more effectively
  • Avoid getting bogged down in bureaucracy
  • Include clear, transparent ethical disclosures in the Integrated Report
  • Include ethical principles consistently, when managing using Integrated Thinking
  • Be able to solve an ethical problem involving a number of people (e.g. a Board of Directors) using a four step methodology, while understanding different moral viewpoints
  • Display an ability to resolve complex societal and business moral problems, using the various philosophical theories and Rational Interaction for Moral Sensitivity
  • Contextualise the importance of ethical leadership for society as a whole, leading into the future

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2 days

  • 7 & 14 April 2018
  • 7 & 14 July 2018
  • 20 & 27 October 2018
  • 20 & 27 January 2019

MSA Competency based short learning programme

Who should attend

All individuals, particularly persons at any level in the business sector. The range begins with directors, middle managers, their employees and spans to professionals, entrepreneurs and public sector management and employees. Religious boards and charitable administrators will also find this programme valuable. Whether attendees have some ethical knowledge or none at all, they will benefit from this programme.

Entry requirements
  • A National Senior Certificate or equivalent NQF level 4 qualification
  • No previous experience required
Assessment to determine competence:
  • Learning Journal
  • Portfolio of Evidence
About the course facilitator

Humphrey Gowar, BCom PGDA(Natal) CA(SA) FInstD, Adjunct Faculty at Monash South Africa, specialising in Corporate Governance.

Humphrey began his career by qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, serving 5 years in practice with Ernst & Young and 2 years in banking. He then began an academic career at the University of KZN, where he co-authored a text book which is now in its 28th edition, and was a member of a team that prepared candidates countrywide for their professional exams.

Humphrey was then recruited by UDW as an Associate Professor.  At UDW he was elected Dean, Chairman of the Committee of Deans, Head of the Transformation Forum, and was then appointed Vice Principal. Thereafter the University of Technology recruited him as Registrar: Finance, and Head of the Department of Internal Auditors.  For 7 years he served, inter alia, on the Executive of the KZN branch of the Institute of Directors. Soon after moving to Johannesburg as a consulting registrar at Bond University, he established a consultancy specialising in Corporate Governance, Mentoring of Directors, Strategy, Risk, Ethics and Leadership and was made a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (SA).  

Accomplishments include being elected as a Fellow of the Corporate Governance and Sustainability International Group and being nominated for the international Influencer of the week.  He is also a member of the International Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics. This has led to him being included in the Sanford International ‘Who’s Who’.

As part of the Monash South Africa faculty, Humphrey is currently lecturing on Corporate Governance and related management. He is also a regular speaker on various topics in industry.

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