Approach to learning
The content of this programme is rooted in well-founded
academic research and internationally benchmarked theory and practices.
The main objective is to encourage students to combine academic rigour
and experiential learning. Students are mentored throughout the
programme. The learning philosophy of this programme is based on the
- Integrating theory and practice: This
postgraduate diploma provides learners with both the theoretical and
practical underpinning of sustainable high-performance leadership
development. The theoretical part of the course is delivered through a
class programme of lectures, case studies, tutorials and assignments,
while the practical part mainly consists of syndicate groups, peer-based
interaction and feedback, and workplace application.
- Finding an authentic personal leadership style:
Participants are exposed to various leadership models, approaches and
frameworks. At the same time, each individual is encouraged to discover
and experiment with the approaches and frameworks that work best for
him/her in order to develop a personal and authentic framework, approach
and style of leadership.
- International application with local specialisation:
The programme adheres to international best practice, while at the same
time emphasising leadership development in a uniquely African context,
shaped by diversity and varied cultural and educational backgrounds. It
is particularly relevant to South African managers and leaders, as it
takes into account the diversity, traditions and multicultural
environments of this country and the greater African continent.
- Extensive support: Participants receive
comprehensive support throughout the programme. Students will also be
divided into syndicate groups (support groups of fellow students) based
on their learning styles and place of residence.
On completion of the programme, successful participants will:
- Understand and be able to apply high-performance
leadership across the four dimensions of Me (personal leadership), We
(interpersonal or team leadership), Work (organisational leadership) and
World (societal leadership).
- Understand personal leadership styles, perspectives
and preferences, and use this knowledge to identify personal strengths
and developmental needs.
- Understand and work with the dynamics of leadership
in teams and at an interpersonal level to optimise team and/or
- Understand how aspects of organisational leadership
and development impact on sustainable performance, and assess the status
of organisations against internationally benchmarked best practices:
practicing strategy execution; utilising structures to create
challenging work and drive performance through hierarchy; attracting,
developing and retaining talent as a key competitive advantage;
entrenching the business disciplines of leveraging information and
performance management to drive performance and people commitment;
aligning reward and recognition systems to achieve organisational goals;
aligning the interests of diverse stakeholders; and turning change
leadership into a core competence.
- Drive the transformation of leadership and values to
entrench positive and sustainable leadership as the primary organising
principle for leadership across all four dimensions.
- Assess the role of the organisation in the broader
society in areas of governance, sustainable environments, private-public
partnerships, and contribution to societal transformation