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MANAGEMENT: UCT To Shake Up Leadership


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Change the way you think, change the world. This is the underlying philosophy of the new Full Colour Thinking positioning of the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) and the platform for a new short-course launching in September which is designed to shake up leadership in SA, create inspiring leaders and boost innovation.

The course is the brainchild of the GSB Director, Professor Walter Baets, who believes business schools need to teach much more than the fundamentals of business and management.

Leaders globally are today often criticised as being inadequate and we need only look at the recession to see that this argument has merit. The truth is that just teaching the fundamentals is just not enough,” he says.

According to Walter Baets, Director of the GSB, the fundamentals are only a small part of the equation these days. The rest, for a business school, is about creating the conditions where students and managers get to shake up their world view and see themselves and others in a whole new light.

And this is exactly what the GSB is embarking on through its new positioning, which will touch the School’s core programmes such as the MBA and beyond through short-courses such as Baets’ Full Colour Thinking. The short-course is the ideal platform, he said, for managers to get a breath of fresh air in the midst of what has been a troubling 18 months for many economies.

Baets describes his short-course, which is offered by the GSB Executive Education unit, as avant-garde in nature and at the very cutting edge of management theory and practice – pushing beyond the status quo and introducing new approaches to leadership.

The aim is to teach managers to adjust their view so that they see more about themselves, their world, their stakeholders and their challenges. Once they have achieved this, they can use the tools to go on to create more innovative solutions,” he explains.

This requires an additional set of skills and attributes, says Baets – from using one’s intuition and lateral thinking, to resilience and a humility where one does not claim to have all the answers.


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