Transforming Leadership to Shape the Future


Strategic Leadership Institute

P.O. Box 14137, Sinoville
Pretoria, 0129
+27 (12) 567-6512
+27 82 925 4125

Our Training Programs: Mindful Journeys to Excellence

The "soft skills" of the past had become the new "hard skills" of the 21st Century. Leadership - the ability to influence people and facilitate engagement - had become THE critical success factor at all levels and in all industries. This means that the role of leaders have changed irrevocably from the old "command-and-control" autocrats to that of skilled facilitators who are able to motivate, collaborate and engage people while never losing sight of the vision or end goal.

All our leadership development programs incorporates the latest findings from social neuroscience and positive psychology with cutting-edge leadership– and management– theory and practice. Each of these programs focus on specific leadership and management skills globally regarded as critical for success (e.g. cross-cultural competence, leading change, motivating employees, conflict management, effective communication, etc). By integrating principles of social neuroscience (e.g. neuroleadership) into these programs we provide leaders with unique insight into the workings of the human brain when leading and interacting with others. Participants are guided to understand how this could be applied to vastly improve the way they lead and influence individuals and groups.

All our training programs and services can be custom-made to suit your individual needs and requirements. You can therefore select from our range of suggested programs (listed below), or contact us to discuss your specific needs so that we can put together an iternary with just the right content and format to serve you best.

Leadership Development Programs

Everyone knows that leadership is the most critical factor in determining an organization's success, but how are you dealing with the leadership gaps in your organization? The tidal wave is coming: over 20 per cent of Africa's population is aged between 15 and 24 years, and over 40 per cent is under 15 years of age. This means one of the biggest challenges for sustaining your business is developing and retaining emerging leaders with the potential to meet the demands of growth and change inevitable in successful enterprises. 


Lead With the Brain in Mind

(2 Days / Maximum 25 Participants)

21st Century Leadership is an introduction to the “Lead With the Brain in Mind” programme and focuses on critical leadership skills and capabilities. It combines the latest leadership– and management– theory with unique scientific insight from social neuroscience. Topics covered includes the changed role of leaders; an introduction to social neuroscience; how to deal with neuro-overload; the neuroscience of leadership; understanding and choosing between different leadership styles; leader communication; and the neuroscience of employee engagement and motivation. For more information on when this workshop is offered as a public masterclass, click here... 


Facilitating Engagement and Motivation 

(1 Day / Maximum 25 Participants)

Building Engagement and Motivation helps established and emerging leaders appreciate the vital importance of employee engagement and motivation. An established model and results from recent studies are used to reveal the driving forces for motivation and engagement and how this could be improved in the workplace. Special attention is given to the importance of effective communication in the motivation process. This workshop incorporates scientific insight about the workings of the human brain and participants are guided to understand how this could be applied to improve motivation and


Building Cultural and Diversity Competence 

(1 Day / Maximum 25 Participants)

Cultural and Diversity Competence uses an established cultural model to help current and future leaders understand culture and its influence in the workplace. It also provides participants with unique and revelational insight into the workings of the human brain when interacting in multi-cultural and other diverse environments. They will come to understand how our perception of "in-groups" and "out-groups" trigger automated brain responses and how these can be overcome (for more information into some of these concepts please read "Your Racist Brain: The Neuroscience of Conditioned Racism"). Participants are guided to recognize how this could be applied to improve their impact and effectiveness when working with individuals and groups from different backgrounds and orientations.


Leading Change with the Brain in Mind 

(1 Day / Maximum 25 Participants)

Leading Change with the Brain in Mind is aimed at helping leaders and managers who have to drive large-scale change processes or deal with constant change in the workplace, do so more effectively. It combines the latest in change leadership theory with unique scientific insight from change-related social neuroscience. Topics covered include the difference between change leadership and change management; the neuroscience of change; understanding the internal and external drivers of change; analyzing stakeholders; constructing a change plan; vision sharing and effective change communication.


Leadership Resilience in Times of Turmoil 

(1 Day / Maximum 25 Participants)

Leadership Resilience in Times of Turmoil focuses on building internal resilience and helping others to do so during times of turmoil, disruptive change and uncertainty. Participants are guided to understand their own and their followers’ natural reactions to stress and how to cope with it in a constructive manner. New insight from neuroscientific research is used to help participants understand how established techniques such as personal influence, positive feedback and coaching can be used to engage and motivate employees through change, turbulence and fear.


Creative Conflict Management 

(1 Day / Maximum 25 Participants)

Creative Conflict Management equips leaders and managers to deal with conflict in a constructive manner. Integrating emerging knowledge on how our brains respond to conflict, the workshop helps participants to understand the positive potential of conflict; identify their own natural conflict management style; appreciate the role of individual personalities; use an established model and process to manage conflict in a constructive manner; and understand the importance of Emotional Intelligence (EQ).


Effective Leader Communication 

(1 Day / Maximum 25 Participants)

Effective Communication is without doubt the lifeblood of any successful group or organization. This workshop equips participants to communicate more effectively in order to create clarity and increase their leadership influence. Topics covered include the implications of information overload; a communication model and process; using the most effective medium; different communication styles; developing a communication strategy; and communicating during a crisis.
OPTIONAL: Group/Team/Organizational pre-workshop Communication Satisfaction Survey.


Negotiating with the Brain in Mind

(1 or 2 Days / Maximum 25 Participants)

Negotiating with the Brain in Mind aims to help those involved in formal (e.g. with clients) or informal negotiations (e.g. between management and employees) reach durable and mutually satisfying agreements. The workshop provides a process to plan and executive effective negotiations and includes identifying individual negotiation styles; negotiations strategies; effective communication during negotiations; and breaking negotiation deadlock. To learn more click here... 


The Neuroscience of Decision Making and Creativity

(1 Day / Maximum 25 Participants)

The Neuroscience of Decision Making and Creativity equips decision makers at all levels to understand decision making processes and to harness this insight to enable more effective and creative decision making. The workshop incorporates established decision making strategies and practice with new insight from neuroscientific research. Topics covered includes the neuroscience of decisions; individual decision making preferences; decision making pitfalls; facilitating collaborative decision making; creative thinking and using problem solving tools to find creative solutions.


Brain-Minded Teams 

(1 or 2 Days / Maximum 25 Participants)

Brain-Minded Teams helps current and developing leaders understand the key success factors for high performance teams and equips them to apply this understanding in the workplace. As such it incorporates current knowledge and evidence about teamwork and  performance with new scientific data about human group interaction and functioning. Participants are encouraged to assess their own team behaviour and to develop the skills and mindsets required for excellence in empowered teams. The workshop integrates academic input, experiential learning and practical discovery in a proven formula.


Practical Workshops

Present With Impact

(2 Days, Maximum 10 Participants)

This workshop equips participants to follow a step-by-step process to plan, design and deliver high-impact presentations and speeches. Combining theory, actual participant presentations and coaching it consistently delivers excellent outcomes among participants. A unique future of thios particular presentation skills workshop is that it also incorporates the neuroscience of presenting - helping participants to understand and manage the neurological processes in their own and their audience's mind in order to deliver effective presentations. For more information about the next PUBLIC offering of "Present With Impact, click here...


Managing Mindfull Meetings

(1 Day, Maximum 25 Participants)

A practical workshop which helps meeting facilitators at all levels do so more effectively. Participants are provided with a process to plan and facilitate effective meetings while new perspectives from neuroscience helps them understand how leader behaviour can either enhance or undermine the effectiveness of meetings.


Social Media Engagement

(1-2 Days, Maximum 25 Participants)

Social media marketing is completely transforming the way companies interact with existing and potential clients. Depending on participants' current social media competence level, this workshop typically starts with the basics of social media usage and helps participants to “take it to the next level”. It includes the design and assessment of a pre-workshop Social Media Strategy. Clients have the option to focus on specific social media platforms which best suit their online marketing strategies.


Team Development

Building Strengths-Based Teams

(2 Days, Maximum 25 Participants)

The advantages of teambuilding for groups and ventures in just about every conceivable industry have been well established. SLI offer various options to best suit the needs and requirements of individual clients. In its standard format this workshop is aimed at helping teams of all sizes improve productivity by building unity, mutual understanding and commitment to the vision. Gallup StrengthsFinderTM pre-workshop assessment and coaching for all team members are mandatory for this results-orientated event. To learn more click here...


Virtual Classrooms

One of the state-of-the-art services SLI offers to deliver top-quality content and expert faculty to markets around the globe is the virtual classroom. When used correctly, the virtual platform offers a multitude of opportunities. Virtual classrooms present massive savings in terms of travelling and conference costs as learners are able to participate from the convenience of the location of their choice. Virtual classrooms also reduce the carbon footprint of conferences and training, which in itself is a strong motivation to make use of this service. To learn more, click here... 


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