Political leaders not good examples of leadership, says Jansen

| November 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

Some political leaders display “racism, sexism and intolerance” and “cannot even string together a sentence without making a fool of themselves”. As a result, they are not examples of good leadership, says Professor Jonathan Jansen, vice chancellor of the University of the Free State.

Jansen delivered the opening address at the ISASA Proudly Primary ‘Touching the Future’ conference, held at Cordwalles Preparatory School in Pietermaritzburg from 8 to 10 August 2013. Delegates at the conference included teachers from independent primary schools across South Africa and as far away as Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.

Leadership today was not certain, decisive and predetermined, but “broken, uncertain, emotional and conscious that it leads with others,” said Jansen.

Challenging delegates to be good leaders in their schools, Jansen told delegates: “Remember who you are, and rediscover that first joy you had in teaching.”

Simon Weaver, headmaster of Cordwalles Preparatory School, said of the conference: “During the conference, teachers were inspired and encouraged to instil values, encourage lifelong learning and inspire our youth to follow their dreams.”

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