IWF South Africa President Dr. Danisa Baloyi recently appeared on The Leadership Transformation Platform, a radio show committed to growing South Africa’s economy of tomorrow. She offered her advice for South African youth and opinions on what values society should be instilling in the children. Dr. Danisa Baloyi is an Executive Director of the National Black Business Caucus and is a business development specialist and strategist. She is committed to developing better leadership within her companies (particularly young women and young black South Africans) who may find it difficult to break into the private sector due to lack of experience.
During the show, Dr. Baloyi shared insights on what young people in South Africa need to be prepared as leaders, insights from her own career, and some of the guiding principles which define her leadership style.
“I believe that we grew up in a time where we were taught that experience is the best teacher and you needed to learn by doing things and then get to a point where you are able to excel and move forward. Notwithstanding, sometimes you can be thrust into position or a task that may come before its time, to you. You need to understand that you need to prepare yourself. I’ll give you an example, when I was made Chairman Designate at Denel, I knew nothing about the defense industry.. and I told the Minister then, listen, ‘you can’t put me in this position, because I don’t understand this industry,’ and she said to me, ‘you will swim and not sink.’ I spent countless hours pouring through the books, travelling to different agencies to learn what this is about. Being a board director doesn’t mean travelling to four board meetings a year, it means understanding what the organization is about, the ethos, the people who work there, what makes it tick. That’s one example, but we need to understand that it is baby steps, and then we grow.” (abridged, from the Leadership Transformation Platform)
Dr. Danisa Baloyi being interviewed at the 2015 IWF World Cornerstone Conference in Johannesburg.
“When I was growing up my father used to say to me, ‘if as you grow up, and go into society, I will be very disappointed in you if you cannot be able to mix with kings and queens and then maintain the common touch.’ People must be able to understand you across the board.. People must be able to understand you from the word go.”
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