Developing VUCA leaders - A True South African Story - [website] Email Print
Published: 9th of May 2017 by: Debbie Engelbrecht CEO

Today South Africa sits astounded. We have a president who is clearly taking his advice from someone other than his own National Executive Committee. The cabinet reshuffle is done and dusted and South Africans are reeling.

The short term impact of this reshuffle is clearly being seen with the tanking Rand, the long term effects remain to be seen.

So today we wait for our real leaders to step up. There is definitely Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity in this situation. Are our leaders capable enough to overcome these challenges?

What we know.

Gordhan (ANC) has suggested that our media join the dots, not the selected few they so often choose to on the surface, but that they dig deep and get the context of their reporting right. He has suggested that South African citizens inform themselves and that it may be time to mobilise.

This did not come from an embittered fired finance minister. This came from a man who calmly stated his concern for his country of birth. Watch the entire press briefing on the ANN7 Youtube Channel, it is worth it.

Ramaphosa (ANC), our deputy president, has publicly taken a stance against the cabinet reshuffle. A nearly unprecedented move amongst active ANC ministers.

Maimane (DA and official opposition) has tabled a motion of no confidence, urgently requesting a court interdict against the swearing in of this cabinet and is asking for South Africans to mobilise on the 7th April, to march on Luthile house. Note – all South Africans, not only DA supporters.

Malema (EFF, upcoming party and strong DA opposition party) has called for the ANC and EFF and all opposition parties to stand together with the motion of no confidence, he has also approached the court to impeach the president (unrelated to the cabinet reshuffle, but his timing is spot on). This coming from a man who has in the past even resorted to name calling his opposition, “little boys and white madams”.

SACP (Alliance Partner to ANC in government) have strongly voiced their displeasure with the reshuffle and have gone public with their displeasure.

All other opposition parties that have gone public have spoken out against specifically the removal of the finance minister.

Essentially the feeling is that this is a state capture move. The public consensus for a long time now has been that Zuma must go. When you talk to loyal ANC supporters on the street, whether big city or little town, even they say that he must go, that he is bringing the ANC into disrepute. This sentiment has, however, never translated into our parliamentary stance on the matter.

The big question is thus: Can our true leaders transcend their own immediate needs and agendas and come together to do this one thing for our country? Do they show VUCA capability? Can they align with their arch enemies for the greater good? Can we rise above racism, elitism, gender bias and any other ‘ism” that so plagues our country and do the one thing that is now required from true leaders?

A further question could be, how does this scenario reflect on our own lives and our own decision making processes? Do we also leave things too long only to wake up and find that an entire reshuffle has taken place, one that can impact very negatively on us?

Debbie Engelbrecht © MD of Staff Training, Leadership coach and mentor. For more information on our management and leadership workshops, please contact us on 0861 99 6660

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