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Short Learning Programme
Leadership in the Connection Economy
This programme is company specific. The NWU is recognised among the leaders in the fields of leadership and management and is ideally suited to deliver this programme, in partnership with thinking fusion AFRICA. The connection economy is the new modern-day economy where relationships determine success, where who you are matters most and where organisations and people differentiate themselves through relationships. This programme differentiates itself in the market by preparing leaders and organisations to excel in this new economy. The NWU and thinking fusion AFRICA through this programme address a dire need in the market and in leadership development per se.

Purpose of the course:

The purpose of the short learning programme is to equip leaders to lead within the work environment and in the community taking diversity and the impact of power into consideration, leading to social intelligence. They will have gained skills and knowledge with regard to themselves and leadership in general. This will lead them to behaving and responding differently to people and challenges. They will have skills that will be applied at their level and that can be transferred to leadership roles within the community and lower down into the organisation. They will gain new knowledge, read extensively on leadership and related matters, develop new thinking and persuasion skills, master new leadership and interpersonal behaviour skills, improve their communication skills and become coaching leaders. Their self-mastery and self-leadership will be strong and will be anchored in sound self-knowledge and interpersonal skills.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
The participant should possess a former qualification at NQF 5 or 6, or RPL at these levels. Participants will be in managerial, middle managerial or specialist roles.
Learning assumed to be in place: 
The participants should be in managerial, middle managerial or specialist roles.

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
  • The ability to:
    • lead according to the connection economy requirements
    • lead individuals and teams to high performance,
    • communicate and listen accurately, persuade and influence,
    • be and lead authentically, with vulnerability and according to own fundamental best
    • understand own sources of power and use power wisely
    • lead diversity in its full spectrum with a focus on relationships and connection.
  • the use of
    • kinaesthetic speaking
    • art of persuasion
    • values as source of power
    • relationships as core people skill
  • the changes in
    • leading people who differ from them
    • quality of relationships
    • behaviour
    • attitude
    • communication style
  • insight into
    • different personality types
    • the connection economy
    • full brain profiling
    • leadership styles
    • emotional intelligence
    • social intelligence
    • the new worlds of a leader
    • evaluating information, selecting relative information and integrating it
    • organisation and personal wholeness
  • analytically and strategically be able to:
    • give direction,
    • plant and grow a new culture while establishing the values and brand promise and strategy of the organisation
    • integrate the knowledge gained in the various themes
    • lead in the connection economy
  • a deeper understanding of
    • systems thinking
    • connection economy
    • strategy models
    • culture models
    • high performance
  • Apply, integrate and demonstrate sound, systematic knowledge and skills gained with regard to leading people, leading strategy, leadership communication, valuing diversity, leading teams, planting and growing a new culture, leading change and transformation and followership within the framework of the requirements of the connection economy,
    • Effectively select and apply techniques and skills to influence, persuade, communicate accurately, debate, build arguments and gather appropriate information. Relationships that are at the core to the connection economy will be core in mastering these skills.
  • Use information retrieval skills to gather information, undertake a study of literature and current research in the field of leadership, strategy, leadership culture, self-leadership, leading people and more. At the same time have the ability to evaluate information independently and contribute to a team of equals undertaking a project. Who you are matters most within this context
  • Take self-leadership in ensuring a whole integrated life with high levels of self-knowledge while being able to lead other individuals to high levels of performance through the skill of being a coaching connecting leader.
  • Reposition themselves with their own team as an inspirational and authentic leader, leading mostly from their fundamental best position, and be a leader with the ability to inspire and persuade.
  • Undertake sound thinking, participate in debate and persuade. Competently deal with conflict, diversity and differences, while staying anchored in own values and while cherishing relationships


Each participant receives a POE framework, systems thinking booklet and project outlines at the commencement of the programme. The projects are discussed at each contact session. The activities, background material, assessment criteria and reading are provided to all participants. A clear assessment framework is used to assess the POE against, as stated above. The facilitators presenting the programme assess the POE.
Method of assessment: 
Three assessments of both the programme and the facilitators take place. One assessment after the launch and first two-day session, then again halfway through the programme and again at completion of the programme.

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
Middle managers, managers and specialists in medium to large organisations. They are mostly already graduated in non-business management and leadership fields of study. Twenty to 25 per group per organisation.
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Telephone number: 
(018) 285 2821