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Introducing Dr Reuel Khoza’s Ethical Leadership Compass: Attuned Leadership

Attuned LeadershipLeaders are not just born to the role. They are born, then made – and sometimes unmade by their own actions. A leader who is not attuned to his or her followers soon becomes a leader in limbo and invariably then fails. Connectedness, compassion, empathy, integrity, humility, reasonableness and a determination to be effective are the keys to attuned leadership. An attuned leader can step boldly into an uncertain future with the certainty that followers will lend their support.

In this richly reflective discussion of leadership and transformation the author provides a guide to what constitutes ethical leadership in local and global contexts, for business, politics and government. In a world where tyrants abound in corporations and in states, Attuned Leadership provides a compass for the direction of ethical leadership.

Central to this perspective is that the philosophical traditions of Africa offer an important contribution to the theory and practice of leadership in the world today. African humanism or Ubuntu, evokes both reason and empathy as the basis for ethical leadership. Ubuntu – articulated in the Zulu proverb Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu – means that a person is a person because of other people. The author contends that the reciprocal relationship between the individual and the social collective stimulates caring and progressive thought and action. Nowhere is this more apt than in the relationship between leader and followers.

About the author

Dr Reuel J Khoza is currently chairperson of the Nedbank Group and Aka Capital; and director of several companies including Old Mutual, Sasol Oil, and Nampak. He has served on the board of JSE Limited, been involved in the formulation of the King Codes on Corporate Governance, and is fellow and president of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa.

Dr Khoza’s qualifications include a BA Hons in psychology, an MA in marketing, a PhD in engineering (business), and a PhD in law. He is emeritus professor extraordinaire of the University of Stellenbosch Business School and visiting professor of Rhodes Investec Business School. His previous books are Let Africa Lead and The Power of Governance (with Mohamed Adam).

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