With our Leadership Development Programme, Impact, our scholars are equipped, not only to effect positive change in society through values-based leadership, but also to develop skills and competencies to ensure their success in a world where change is constant and, learning never stops.

MAD Leadership Foundation’s leadership learning approach incorporates theoretical, experiential and functional elements, underpinned by the core values of MAD Leadership Foundation, in order to reconceptualise the meaning of ‘leadership’. This focal point of leadership development ensures that we are cultivating seeds of change in our scholars and widening their boundaries of what a better future for South Africa can, and should, be. It is one thing to talk about change and potential, but without the tools to activate the required change, our attempts to do so would be meaningless.

MAD Leadership Foundation Approach to Leadership

  • Leadership models and approaches vary and there have been significant research into this area over past 50+ years.
  • There are a range of standard leadership approaches recognised on a global scale via Stanford, Harvard and other international colleges.
  • Uniquely, South Africa approaches leadership from a public administration and ethics approach; with a focus on traditional “role” and or “management” philosophies.
  • Our scholars are united in wanting to “give back” and they perceive leadership as action to be more important than having a formal leadership role or title.
  • MAD Leadership Foundation views leadership as fluid and or circumstantial rather than leadership as a position and title.
  • Considering the organisational view of leadership – the Social Change Model of Leadership Development provides the ideal framework for developing leadership behavior.
  • The Leadership Development Programme is developed within this framework, and provides evolution according to scholars’ needs and local- and global realities and goals.

Social Change Model of Leadership Development

Goals of the SCM:

1. To enhance student learning and development in the areas of:

  • Self-Knowledge – understanding one’s talents, values, and interests, especially as these relate to the student’s capacity to provide effective leadership.
  • Leadership Competence – to capacity to mobilise one-self and others to serve and work collaboratively.

2. To facilitate positive social change in the community.

Change as the Driving Force:

– Acknowledge change as a dynamic constant in people’s lives.

– Change means creating a better world and demonstrating comfort with ambiguity in the process.

– Leadership for positive social change is the opportunity to direct change towards the future we desire.

Three Levels of Leadership