Cultivating Leadership

The University of Zululand recently recognised its staff members who completed the University Leadership Development Programme during an awards ceremony held on Friday last week (8 December 2017) at the King Bhekuzulu Hall, KwaDlangezwa Campus.

Facilitated by University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), the annual University Leadership Development Programme was taken by 29 UNIZULU staff members in a bid to enhance leadership excellence at the University. The programme commenced in 2017.

“I congratulate you. I salute you”, said Frik Landman, USB Executive Development CEO.

“The seniority of the participants is hugely interesting,” said Professor Suria Govender, Associate Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, who was a guest speaker at the event. “It was fascinating to hear that amongst the participants (of the programme there were Deans and Deputy Deans. People who are high up in the institution and were part of the programme, willing to learn and develop themselves for the benefit of the university. The university can only grow from strength to strength,” said Prof Govender, who also acknowledged the efforts of UNIZULU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Xoliswa Mtose, and Mr Raynolds Ngcobo, Executive Director of Human Recourses for approving the Leadership Programme.

Syamala Krishnannair, Acting Head of Mathematical Sciences, won the Director’s Award for being a top achiever in the group. “Excellent course,” said Krishnannair “It was really good meeting colleagues from across the university. Although we are all different, there was a similarity in mindset that gave a good coherence to the sessions. The content was varied and interesting. It covered a wide range of issues but all framed around the process of ‘doing’ and ‘leading’ research. This allowed us to think in the context of our work and offered opportunities to plan our own strategies for leading a big project,” said Krishnannair.

Ngcobo thanked Prof Mtose for allowing the Leadership Programme to succeed within the University and congratulated the recipients. “I am sure you must be feeling great and I echo your sentiments. Enjoy your success. You really worked hard to have achieved those outstanding results,” he said.

– Precious Shamase

Pictured: The happy University Leadership Development Programme graduands from UNIZULU.