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posted 31 May 2016, 03:22 by Luthando Khuzwayo

To be a good leader is not to “know it all’’, but rather someone who freely accepts, and encourages involvement from his or her followers. Yet another Principals Workshop was held on the 23rd of May 2016, in Ekurhuleni South, by Star for Life Area Manager, Sicelo Mathenjwa, and Rev. Delani Mthembu, a Managing Director, of Landelahni Leadership.


Rev. Delani Mthembu, Managing Director, Landelahni Leadership


The aim of the workshop was for principals to discuss their concerns, dreams and how to improve their schools’ overall performance, and there were more concerns than dreams, but no solutions offered. There were numerous exercises structured to build ones Principles, Mind-Set, Character Ethics, as well as Motivational video clips by Franklin Covey were also watched. Rev Mthembu shared inspiring quotes including: “The problems we create will never be solved by the same mind set we created them with’’- by Albert Einstein.


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SFL Johannesburg South Principals


Leadership is a scarce skill in a world where so many challenges of greed, egos, power, divisions, conflicts and mistrust exist. The day was to empower principals to lead with moral authority, honour, discipline and inspire their colleagues and learners. Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence, and making sure that the impact lasts in your absences.

We all have to be led by others, leadership is not about controlling and pursuing a position or exerting authority over people, it should be exercised and exerted responsibly. It is about influence, and also about self-discovery. The quote for the day was to “EMPTY YOUR CUP”, it is said that a Japanese master received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. The master poured the professor a cup of tea and kept on pouring, the professor watched the overflow until he could no longer restrain himself. “It’s overfull! No more will go in!

“like this cup,” said the master, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”


The event was a success; to cap it all, leadership is a choice, not necessarily a position. It’s an opportunity to influence the cause of history, it needs courage and insight to discover unseen potentials. It is the ability to count the number of apples in a grain of seeds.  



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