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.
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.
MSA Competency based short learning programme
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.
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.