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Directors' Circles:Topic 1:Courage_21 April 2015

Directors' Circles Mentoring Programme Topic 1 - Courage

When: 21 April 2015
Registration from 15h30 - 16h00 Session Starts promptly at 16:00 - 19:00
Where: IODSA Boardroom
144 Katherine Street, Grayston Ridge Ofiice Park, Block B, First Floor
Johannesburg, Gauteng  2196
South Africa
Contact: Octavia Lengoati
011 0353000

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Directors’ Circle: Topic 1 - Courage



A significant tranche of popular, business and academic literature increasingly points to the need for ‘courageous leadership’. Leadership is crucial in times of change, and it is in such times that prevailing paradigms and approaches may need to be challenged.

Based on the discussions at Directors’ Circles, courage may be required to speak up when:

  • Unethical behaviour is evident in the Board, collectively or within individuals.
  • The existing strategy or vision becomes obsolete, for a variety of reasons.
  • Poor governance is being practiced.
  • Personal agendas are affecting company performance or risking company reputation.
  • Stakeholder demands and shareholder demands are apparently in conflict.
  • A Director’s personal values are conflicted by the company values or behaviour.

King Code of Governance principles (King III)

  • Principle 1.1: the board should provide effective leadership based on an ethical foundation.

Key Focus Areas 

The actual individual problems to be mentored will be raised during the Circle. The following are intended to serve as thought-starters only:

  • What helps Directors to be courageous?
  • What impedes the expression of courage when it is needed?
  • What is put at risk – personally and organisationally - when Directors are courageous?
  • How do Directors get support in being courageous?
  • How do Directors determine when to speak up or not?
  • What are the qualities of a courageous Director?
  • Should courageous leadership be rewarded by companies?