“There is no passion to be found playing small… settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” Nelson Mandela.

Great leaders create trails that we can follow to find our own greatness. This does not mean that we become their clones – that would be impossible and anyway it would mean losing the rich variety of our personalities. But these great people inspire us as role models and their example helps us see what to aim for as we nurture our own style.

Nelson Mandela was a true leader and in many ways an entrepreneur. What we have experienced from Mandela’s life is potentially just the start. Nigel Fann and Colin Johansen, international leadership and management consultants, examine the legend of Nelson “Madiba” Mandela and bring valuable lessons that CEO’s and Leaders can learn from the great man.


Madiba’s qualities and impact as a leader are indisputable. He was courageous and resolute. He was a pattern breaker. His character and visionary actions, stamina and resilience were profound. Yet there are other things that he did and things he didn’t do. Colin and Nigel examine these as well and uncover more lessons for corporate leaders.

Leading like Mandela is a truly African experience with an element of adventure. Leading like Mandela incorporates the “Big Five” traits that made Madiba truly stand out as a sensational leader. Five days of action packed learning and fun. Designed specially for top-level corporate leaders. The “Big Five” traits include the Lion, Elephant, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo.

Elements of the Workshop

This is a five-day workshop which explores the leadership lessons of Nelson Mandela using the characteristics of the “Big Five” as a vehicle, with essential Emotional Intelligence competencies woven into the mix.

We call it Emotional Capital: Today we’re working with a new balance sheet. Knowledge, or intellectual capital has been and is the highly valued stock in most businesses. It’s what businesses know and use to create products or solve problems and ultimately create wealth. Yet knowledge is only the first of two important assets in business. The second is Emotional Capital – the feelings, beliefs, perceptions and values that people hold when they engage with any business. It’s the emotional assets in your organization that determine whether or not people will work well for you, buy from you, employ you and enter into business with you.

“It is awe inspiring practical skills by the Leader of the Century encapsulated in the fundamentals of modern Brain Science.”


Day 1

  • Elephant: Caring
  • Safari (Game Drive in the afternoon)

Day 2

  • Rhino: Grounded and Balanced
  • Guest Speaker
  • Special Dinner

Day 3

  • Leopard: Flexibility
  • Interactive Tribal Dancing
  • Free Evening

Day 4

  • Buffalo: Persistence and Stamina
  • Guest Speaker
  • Special Dinner

Day 5

  • Lion: Courage
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Closing Dinner and Awards