As we move into the 21st century, it has become clear that many of South Africa's future economic hopes rest with entrepreneurial business people. Yet, there is very little information oriented towards the South African scene which is readily accessible to them. Many of the seminars, books and media presentations either do not deal with managing an entrepreneurial business, or treat it as a side issue. And, of course, much of the available material is too expensive. In presenting this training series, we have drawn on 25 years of expertise to give you the most relevant, up to date information on successful entrepreneuring available today. We have done this because we believe very strongly in the importance of entrepreneurs to the economy. It takes determination and bravery to start a business, and we want to provide whatever help and encouragement we can.
Leadership translates vision into reality by inspiring followers to want to experience the change process. And to influence their followers to willingly jump into that experience, leaders need a specific set of competencies to guide their actions. Although competencies will always differ from one leader to the next, having a core set to draw from increases the chance for success. These competencies can be thought of as the inner tools for motivating employees, directing systems and processes, and guiding the business towards common goals that allow the organization to increase its value.