15 April 2015 | Opinion
The SSI Conference took place at the Gordon Institute of Busines Science
Tshikululu’s sixth Serious Social Investing Conference kicked off today at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) under the theme, “Citizens today. Leaders tomorrow.” As it unfolds over the next two days, the conference will explore the current state of leadership in South Africa, the ways in which effective leadership can contribute to social development meaningfully, and the ways in which every citizen has the capacity to become a transformative leader
The programme director, Anthony Prangley from GIBS, began the conference by asking the delegates present to ask critically how transformational leadership can be nurtured, and how they can contribute to this process.
Tshikululu’s chief executive officer, Tracey Henry, went on to welcome the delegates, and to outline some of the most important characteristics of great leaders. “A leader,” she said, “inspires others to achieve a greater vision, is ethical and courageous, and determined to continue the journey, no matter how hard it is.”
Concluding the introductory session, Nicola Kleyn, the dean of GIBS, highlighted the fact that effective leadership needs to be played out across every aspect of our lives. “We are all members of society,” she said, “the question is how we become catalysts for change, not only within our working environments but within our personal circles as well. There is a critical role for us to carry out our leadership responsibilities into all of the contexts in which we navigate.”
Thanks were expressed to the FirstRand Foundation for sponsoring the conference, to Anglo American for sponsoring the moonlight market, which will be taking place tonight, 15 April, and to GIBS for hosting the conference.
The conference will be attended by approximately 150 people over the next two days, and includes a range of high-profile speakers, including Brand Pretorius, Cheryl Carolus, Dr Vincent Maphai, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, Pepe Marais and Khaya Sithole.