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Leadership: Perspectives from the Frontline

Andrew Johnson discusses the Leadership book. (Camera: Lionel da Silva, Editing: Nicholas Boyd)

3rd November 2016


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Introducing SA’s most comprehensive leadership book! Foreword by Advocate Thuli Mandonsela!

Two internationally recognised thought leaders on leadership teamed up with over 80 contributors to produce the most comprehensive and “biggest” business leadership book ever published in South Africa.


With 89 contributors, 56 chapters, 1000+ pages and featuring a foreword from Advocate Thuli Madonsela in hard cover, the book addresses Leadership from every possible angle.

Essential Reading for Every Leader


The leadership education and development industry is worth over R500-billion worldwide. Yet, despite the vast amount of money invested, trust in leaders
is at an all-time low.

Research has shown that the primary reason for leadership failure is a lack of contextual perspective. This is where Leadership: Perspectives from the Front Line is different to the thousands of other leadership books available.

This is the most comprehensive book on leadership ever published in South Africa.

It provides cutting-edge thinking about leadership. It synthesises the latest insights from SA’s top leaders and experts on leadership – offering readers practical tools they can implement immediately.

A Comprehensive Overview

Leadership: Perspectives from the Front Line, offers a holistic overview of leadership. The book is divided into 12 sections to cover all aspects of leadership:

1. Leadership as strategic organisational capability and intervention
2. Ways of understanding leadership
3. The unfolding leadership context
4. Leadership excellence
5. Branding and profiling leadership relative to the unfolding context
6. Leadership identification, growth and development
7. Leadership dynamics and transitions
8. Leadership wellbeing
9. Leadership outcomes and impact
10. Leadership stories
11. A leadership lament
12. Looking ahead: the future of leadership

Includes over 80 Leadership Experts

Lisa Ashton • Jens Baier • Lize Booysen • Richard Bricks Mokolo • Sharmla Chetty • Graeme Codrington • Johann Coetzee • David Conradie • Freddie Crous • Wilhelm Crous • Jopie de Beer • Marzanne de Klerk • Raymond de Villiers • Ingra du Buisson-Narsai • Francois du Plessis • Danie du Toit • Ilka Dunne • Anthony Egan • Jim Ferrell • Paul Fouché • Christel Fourie • Jenny Greyling • Adriaan Groenewald • Wim Hollander • Vain Jarbandhan • Andrew Johnson • Nancy Keeshan • Philipp Kolo • Pieter Koortzen • Drikus Kriek • Chris Landsberg • Penny Law • Ian Lawson • Carmen Le Grange • Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba • Gail McMillan • Ronel Minnaar • Nene Molefi • Paul Mooney • Mokesh Morar • Piet Naude • Errol Nembhard • James Ndebele • Hixonia Nyasulu • Aletta Odendaal • Sesh Paruk • Mark Perry • Cobus Pienaar • Rosetta Pillay • Dan Radecki • Ina Rothmann • Renate Scherrer • Jess Schulschenk • Crain Soudien • Rainer Strack • Chené Swart • Nicola Taylor • Steven Teasdale • Marius Ungerer • Boris Urban • Roelf van Niekerk • Louise van Rhyn • Leon van Vuuren • Deon van Zyl • Theo Veldsman • Anton Verwey • Sonja Verwey • Vusi Vilakati • Paul Vorster • Gerrit Walters • Tineke Wulffers  • Deon van Zyl

Leadership Lessons from SA's Top Organisations

Rand Merchant Bank • EY • University of Johannesburg • Wits Business School • Stellenbosch Business School • Nestle • Arbinger Institute • Eskom • NWU • BiOSS • DUKE • UNISA • PWC • Mandate-Molefi • HSRC • NMMU • Ethics SA • First Rand Group • Unilever • Investec • Airports Company • Vodacom • Old Mutual • SAP • Sanlam • JvR

This Book Addresses the Following Burning Issues:

• Multi-generational leadership
• Ethical, responsible leadership
• African leadership
• Women in leadership
• Entrepreneurial leadership
• Change leadership
• Wisdom and leadership
• Authentic leadership
• Diversity leadership
• Board leadership
• Team leadership
• Burnout, derailment and toxic leadership
• Leadership assessment, development and coaching

Get Sector-Specific Insights

Not only does the book offer a comprehensive overview of the latest leadership insights, but it also
addresses the specific demands, challenges and requirements of the following sectors of society:

• Business leadership
• Political leadership
• Education leadership
• Community leadership
• Environmental or sustainability leadership
• Professional services leadership
• Spiritual or religious leadership
• Sports leadership

Unlock the Stories of SA's Most Influential Leaders

Shameel Joosub • Gill Marcus • Herman Mashaba • Ali Bacher • Cheryl Carolus • GT Ferreira • Brian Molefe • Herman Bosman • Laurie Dippenaar • Paul Harris • Bridgette Gasa • Ian Donald • Hendrik du Toit • Monhla Hlahla • Mohammed Karaan • Dave Macready • Pfungwa Serima • Johan van Zyl

Foreword by ADV Thuli Madonsela

“I hope this book will assist our leaders, particularly our young and corporate leaders, to enable our country to make the much needed and desired giant leap into the inclusive, prosperous and peaceful future we all yearn for, so passionately.”


About the Editors

Prof Theo H Veldsman

Theo Veldsman is regarded as one of the thought leaders in South Africa with respect to people management and the psychology of work. He is the author of nearly 200 technical/ consulting reports/articles covering the abovementioned areas. He is the author of two books, and has contributed to nine book chapters. At present he is Professor and Head of Department since 2008, of the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management, Faculty of Management, University of Johannesburg.

Dr Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson is the General Manager of Eskom’s Leadership Institute. He has followed a career with Edcon, MTN, Transnet, Anglovaal Mining and the JSE. Andrew held various non-executive directorships. Andrew was awarded the HR Director of the Year Award by IPM, and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the SABPP.

Leadership is published by Knowledge Resources


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