SABLE Network, September 2018
Anne Pratt – founder of Memela Pratt & Associates, the premium executive search firm – won Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business & Government Award (Business Services Category) in 2015, and is one of the most deeply networked businesswomen in South Africa.
Pratt told SABLE that she believes there is a growing leadership crisis globally – across political parties, NGOs and business alike – and, at the same time, a growing challenge for organizations to attract the most talented Millennials to their ranks.
She believes an inclusive, inspirational, courageous, purpose-driven leadership style is both teachable and critical, irrespective of the stakeholder makeup.
Pratt says the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative fellowship is “one of the best things I have ever done – an absolute immersion in new ideas and amazing people.” She can’t yet speak to the specifics of her plan to help establish a Mandela-inspired leadership academy – except to say she has received “enormous enthusiasm” for the concept from peers at Harvard – but she hopes to launch her book in the summer of next year.
Pratt insists that Mandela’s leadership instincts are present in everyone, but allows that South African executives who embrace those principles have enjoyed a slight head start, having watched the president up close.
Click on the link below to view the original article that appeared on the SABLE network’s website in September, 2018.