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Africa’s Millenials attend Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention

On March 20, hundreds of Africa’s inspirational Millenials couldn’t have chosen a better place to be than at the 7th annual Old Mutual Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention. Held at Johannesburg’s Emperor’s Palace, the Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention ensured that these future leaders left with an even greater drive to shake organisational norms and achieve more success.

Once again Who’s Who SA had the privilege of attending the event.

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Among the impressive list of speakers was Maggs on Media TV host, Jeremy Maggs who was the Master of Ceremonies, Managing Director of Old Mutual Mass Foundation Cluster, Bongani Madikiza and Tumelo Mothtoane, SABC 1’s news anchor.

Sharing some riveting stories and stirring up some serious leadership spark was the DJ Sbu‘s Leadership 2020 team. Jackie Phamotse, Chief Executive Officer of Brand Fanatics and Mofaya Beverages Distributor encouraged the future leaders to have no boundaries and to do anything in their power to achieve what they feel needs to be done.

Leadership 2020 teamSpeaking about Shattered Innocence, her urban lifestyle book, Phamotse said, “I wrote this book to ensure that whatever challenges we have, whether social problems or an educational scares, we deal with those issues. If you do not understand where you’re going, you’re not going to be a leader,” she asserted.

Famous faces panel

Sitting among the famous faces panel discussion,  president of the South African Football Association (SAFA), Danny Jordaan advised the young leaders to create opportunities not only for themselves, but also for society. Younger South African entertainment personalities, including Pearl Thusi, Maps Maponyane and Jimmy Nevis, also shared some wise words of wisdom from their professional experiences, encouraging the attendees to grab the opportunities presented to them.

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Where are South Africa’s female executives?

They are in boardrooms across the country contributing to the country’s overall economic growth. Yet, as statistics reveal, compared to their male counterparts, South African women in these positions are represented in unrealistic numbers.

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Source: Bloomberg

A force to be reckoned with                                                                                                                

Research conducted by Deloitte has suggested that if women are fully integrated into the marketplace and workplace they can yield a significant return. “There is a steady benefit that is earned by making wise, balanced investments in developing women as workers and potential leaders as well as understanding women as consumers and their impact on the economy and the bottom line,” the study claims.

The solution lies with organisations                                                                                  

Companies need to properly plan and create of a strong multi-skilled pipeline of women. In other words, there needs to be a high proportion of women who can perform critical functions across all business disciplines.

This also means identifying and supporting potential women leaders with the capacity to add an invaluable contribution not only to your organisation, but to the nation as a whole. The Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention and Standard Bank Rising Star Awards have opened up the doors. The responsibility is now on you to ensure these women are given the recognition that will lead them to opportunities in senior- and top-management levels.

And the women under their employ                                                                                            

Women need to take action by identifying where they want to go and position themselves accordingly. It’s important that they re-evaluate their environments and behaviours to allow them to compete on an equal footing with men. This includes the way that they compete, seek mentors and sponsors, deal with conflict, and express their aspirations.

The result will not only lead to more women filling senior management roles, but provide role models, coaches and mentors for others.

Recognise your top young leaders and let the Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention and Standard Bank Rising Star Awards in association with Who’s Who SA, work towards developing a prosperous nation.

There is power in believing you can

During the course of your career (and life), you’re bound to encounter difficulties. Embracing failure is not only normal, it’s also necessary for growth. But while some individuals understand failure as an integral part to any learning process and a sign of doing something that is not yet good enough, others struggle, often feeling they’re not good enough.

Prof Carol DweckThis notion of not yet is explained in greater detail by Motivational Speaker and Stanford University Psychology Professor, Carol Dweck. In her “The power of believing that you can” talk, Professor Dweck explores “growth mindset” – the idea that one can grow his/her brain capacity to learn and solve problems.

In a scientific study measuring the electrical activity from the brain of students confronted with difficulty, results illustrated the stark difference in reasoning between left and right mindsets.

While students with growth mindsets (experienced on the right side of the brain) engaged deeply and had an idea that abilities can be developed, fixed mindset students (on the left side) deterred from problems. “From their more fixed mindset perspective, [students] believed their intelligence had been up for judgment and they failed. Instead of luxuriating in the power of yet, they were gripped in the tyranny of now,” explains Professor Dweck.

The problem is that from a young age many children are taught to look for the now instead of the yet in everything they do. They are obsessed with getting A grades and don’t know how to dream big. And as they grow, their careers are led by a need to be constantly recognised, Professor Dweck suggests.

The power in yet

First of all, Professor Dweck recommends praising the process children engage in. Instead of recognising intelligence and talent, we should praise children’s efforts, strategies, focus, perseverance and improvements. This praise process creates children who are hardy and resilient, she affirms.

The professor also finds the words “yet” and “not yet” as powerful tools in giving children greater confidence. Using these words “we can actually change students’ mindsets,” she says. “In one study, we taught [students] that every time they push out of their comfort zone to learn something new and difficult, the neurons in their brain can form new, stronger connections, and over time they can get smarter,” Professor Dweck asserts.

Programmes aimed at encouraging continued growth and success among young people also play a vital role in providing the youth with a path into the future that creates greater persistence.  The Standard Bank Rising Star Awards and the Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention are exemplars of such commitment. By recognizing inspirational individuals who’ve shown a dedication in shaping the country’s economy and who inspire other young people, these programmes contribute towards creating an environment in which everyone can be filled with yet.

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