Thuli Madonsela Raves about Queen Regent Gwamile’s Leadership Qualities

The legacy of Queen Regent Gwamile Labotsibeni is recognized internationally.

This was evident at the Leadership Growth Forum (LGF) 12th webinar, where renowned South African law and justice advocate, Professor Thuli Madonsela referred to the Queen in her deliberation.

The former South African Public Protector began the discussion with a brief interlude concerning the state of some African countries today, specifically the manner in which governance is occurring. She mentioned that in the continent, there are wars within and between countries which are concurrent with rampant hunger and inequality.

The author highlighted how the ordinary person in these countries was rejecting democracy, as laws and policies are framed and implemented in a way that serves elites while the rest of the country is inclined to oblige.

She also mentioned that not all leaders have followed the trend of abuse of power, as leaders from yesteryears were pillars of strength and unity for the communities they led. An example she gave was the late Queen Regent Gwamile Labotsibeni, whom she believed was one of the greatest political leaders this continent has ever seen.

Professor Madonsela moved on to speak about her tenure as the Public Protector of South Africa, where she faced criticism and scrutiny for decisions made for justice’s sake- saying her experience in leadership brought to light the need for leadership with an adaptive approach.

“Leadership does not only encompass what you say or what you command people to do but also one’s conduct.”

“Leaders who take shortcuts will not deliver sustainable communities,” said Madonsela.

In addition, the Constitutional Law Lecturer spoke about the ‘Epic leadership’ framework, which she designed, saying it promotes leadership that is ethical, purpose-driven, conscious, and committed to serving.

She broke it down as per the acronym and elaborated on the dire need for leaders who want to push the delivery of justice to every individual in the community. She also emphasized that self-serving endeavours only delay inevitable consequences that will affect many generations.

The discussion landed on the point that young people with hopes to lead in whichever context ought to seek, as early as possible, to find their purpose in life.

Upon completing her delivery, Professor Thuli participated in a question and answer session with the members of the LGF where she answered specific questions concerning ethics in the business world as well as the issue of building future leaders who will understand the significance of doing the right thing regardless of backlash or condemnation.

She concluded the webinar by contending that initiatives like the LGF are encouraging because they allow growth, learning, and continuous development in the personal and professional spheres.

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