Available dates

Mar 24—Nov 4, 2020
35 days
Johannesburg, South Africa
ZAR 39500 ≈USD 2805
ZAR 1128 per day


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About the course

Adaptive and transformative leadership in a rapidly evolving South African environment

“Be a voice, not an echo’’~Albert Einstein

The GIBS Nexus Leadership Programme is no ordinary learning intervention. It is a unique opportunity designed to equip you with the insights and tools to master adaptive leadership and make positive impact in your organisation and society.

It is a seven-month transformative leadership programme that supports leaders in business, civil society and government to more skilfully – and collaboratively – understand and navigate the complexities of the South Africa context. Utilising a myriad of learning tools underpinned by deep dialogue, contextual awareness, experiential learning and self-reflection, Nexus nurtures leaders who are self-aware, have a high level of personal mastery, are able to engage meaningfully with a diversity of perspectives, and have the skills and the passion to develop innovative solutions to new challenges. The programme also provides tools for the application of key learnings back into the workplace.

The Nexus programme has been selected by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) as one of 35 programmes globally that demonstrate "the unique ways that business schools globally embrace an innovative mindset, and serve as visionaries across the higher education landscape". In total, the AACSB received more than 315 submissions, across 33 countries for the 2017 Innovations That Inspire showcase.

Programme Methodology

The Nexus programme is based on experiential learning, reflective practice and direct engagement with societal leaders. It is not lecture based. Participants are invited into a series of carefully designed engagements with self, with others and with the broader environment and supported to reflect on these experiences to gain new insight. In this way, the learning of each participant is unique to them and continues to develop long after the end of the programme.

Over the 7-month programme, delegates meet for two consecutive days a month. A series of written assignments allow delegates to integrate the learnings into their own lives.

Key Focus Areas

  • Contextual understanding of the South African context, key trends and issues.
  • Authenticity: self-awareness, congruence and the courage to voice divergent views.
  • Agency: a belief in your own ability and freedom to effect change.
  • Vision: a powerful and positive imagination of the future.

How you will benefit

Through this programme you will:

  • Deepen your ability to see systems and linkages and reduce the 'silo' mentality;
  • Be able to work constructively and creatively with diverse stakeholders to understand and address pressing issues;
  • Deepen your self-awareness, sense of agency and personal mastery;
  • See more potential in people and situations, especially in those you may have been prone to discount or dismiss;
  • Be more willing and able to engage in the courageous conversations needed to move ourselves, our organisations and the country forward;
  • Gain a greater contextual appreciation of the complexity of operating in the South African environment and the implications for personal and organisational leadership; and
  • Be connected to a passionate group of people who are committed to effecting positive change in South Africa.

Who should attend

Leaders in corporate, civil society and government sectors who want to understand the South African context better and who are passionate about making a positive difference to their organisations and to the country as a whole.

Trust the experts

Carrie Pratt

Carrie specialises in the design and facilitation of participatory leadership, learning and change processes. Her work is driven by the belief that solutions to the issues we face - as individuals, as communities, as organisations, as a nation and as a world - can best be found in dialogue with t...


Course reviews

Course participant from South Africa 2013

Course quality: excellent
Instructors: excellent
Other (e.g. materials, infrastructure): very good
Primary takeaway: Ability to work be creative with limited resources and collaborations.
Things to improve: Have the weekend away (retreat) at the beginning and also towards the end of the course.

Marcus B, Course Participant from South Africa 2005

Course quality: good
Instructors: very good
Other (e.g. materials, infrastructure): very good
Primary takeaway: Greater awareness of the socio / political / economic environment and an opportunity to develop self awareness in the professional environment.
Things to improve: Nothing particular

Course participant from South Africa 2019

Course quality: very good
Instructors: excellent
Other (e.g. materials, infrastructure): very good
Primary takeaway: How to lead authentically
Things to improve: More research based assignments

Course participant from South Africa 2017

Course quality: excellentThe course helped me develop into an authentic leader, in and out of work.
Instructors: very good
Other (e.g. materials, infrastructure): excellent
Primary takeaway: Nexus is no ordinary course, it is a journey into the past, a look at the present and a push for the future. It is not a typical leadership development program, but rather a leader int he broader sense of the word, a leader in community, in your home, in the work place. What you learn on ?Nexus is all about your self, and you develop intrinsically, this can then be displayed externally to be the best leader you can be.
Things to improve: I would continue to comfort the attendees that the journey would be uncomfortable, it may not make sense at times, but eventually the penny will drop and the attendee will understand the purpose of the course, their purpose and their responsibility to improve the world and others world views.

Phillip P, Course Participant from South Africa 2012

Course quality: excellent
Instructors: excellent
Other (e.g. materials, infrastructure): excellent
Primary takeaway: Multi cultural understanding building on my CI (cultural intelligence) Ability to distinguish between a dialog and a debate. Ability to transpose myself to another position to see their perspective without having to agree with their perspective. Learning to listen
Things to improve: I facilitated the following year to speed up the learning process of what dialog is. The faster the student understand dialog the more value from the course is derived.

The GIBS Nexus Leadership Programme