Inspirational leadership: It’s not about being the boss [Podcast]

Leadership is not about being the boss, nor is it about something innate. Rather, good leadership is about understanding your core principles, respecting the people around you and being able to inspire your colleagues, peers and friends – even at the most difficult times.

This was the core theme of an inspirational address Brand Pretorius gave, without a note in front of him, at the Rhodes Business School ‘Business Forum’, in Grahamstown on 8 September 2011.

The topic of his address was ‘Inspirational Leadership’ and we’ve recorded it and made it available for download for Critical Thought readers.

Download the full speech here (32mb, mp3)

Brand Pretorius is the recently retired Chief Executive of McCarthy Limited and sits on a number of boards, including ABSA and Tongaat Hulett. He doesn’t describe his stepping down on 1 March 2011 from his full-time executive position as “retirement”, but rather as “changing gear”. He continues to inspire and teach and consult around topics of business, leadership and good management principles.


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