Leadership – every minute of everyday.


Leadership is a critical part of every part of our lives. We have political leadership, Church leadership, and Business Leadership. I have run my own businesses for more than 20 years now, and now I love leading Mariannhill Mission Press but I realise that leadership is needed every day at every minute.

I have never been formally trained to run businesses …. I don’t actually believe there is any qualification that “completely” prepares one for such a role. Yes, I’m sure there are great courses, but I have not been fortunate enough to attend one…that’s I why I read so much. Reading is the best value for money for learning I have found. (Reading and then ACTING, of course)

This Saturday while grocery shopping with my family I walked past the magazine stand, I was struck by a Magazine with a full-page front cover of Pope Francis, subtitled “Pope of peace and mercy. The Francis effect continues.” The magazine is called “Leadership” – Interviews, Insight, Intelligence. It is South Africa’s No 1, award-winning business magazine. The 2016 May issue is the one I am talking about.


It has a great article about the leadership of Pope Francis and the need for good leadership in the world. I really recommend going out and buying it.

The writer Chris Waldburger does a great job. I was thrilled that he called in our own media giant, Gunther Simmermacher, the Editor of our Southern Africa Catholic Newspaper, The Southern Cross for comment and insight as well as Fr Peter-John Pearson. R29,95 for a great mag – with many other great articles it is well worth it. I guarantee you will look very cool in the queue to the till while holding it.

Talking about leadership I really recommend two other great leadership books that I have read a number of times: The Pope & the CEO: John Paul II’s Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard by Andreas Widmer.

Pope and CEO

Andreas is a massively successful business man who among many other things is director of entrepreneurship programs at the Busch School. In his book, he tells us of the leadership lessons he learnt while serving Pope John Paul II as a Swiss Guard. I was thrilled to attend a lecture he gave in the USA and was blown away by his wisdom and how well he communicates what he has learnt, and lived, in his business career. A perfect example of learnt leadership passed on!

Mother Teresa CEO

Another great book on leadership is: Mother Teresa, CEO: Unexpected Principles for Practical Leadership by Ruma Bose & Lou Faust

I was lucky enough as a kid to briefly see Mother Teresa which was super cool! Last night I watched the new movie about her “The Letters – The epic life story of Mother Teresa” starring Juliet Stevenson as Mother Teresa.

WE cannot live without good leadership and we are blessed to have some very good examples in our faith!