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Leadership TrainingThe University supports life-long learning, the promotion of critical thinking, respect and tolerance for all and the promotion of citizenship and academic success.

The leadership training and development unit of SGD believes that all students, (not just those who hold formal leadership positions) are potential leaders.

LTD offers workshops that assist in the development of creative, independent, community minded students who will contribute towards a positive living and learning community and assist in the creation of a vibrant student life and experience at Nelson Mandela University.



Leadership Training and Development aims to:

  • encourage the idea of self-development

  • create a sense of belonging to the Nelson Mandela University

  • develop emotionally and physically healthy students

  • improve leadership skills

  • encourage career preparation thereby making our students more employable

  • enhance the image of the institution in the corporate sector, by producing students of calibre

  • contribute to the academic success of students

  • collaborates with others at the University to offer leadership education.

  • affirms and recognize students for their leadership contributions to the campus and larger community.

“Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50% of your time in leading yourself—your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and 15% leading your peers." Dee Hock: Founder and CEO Emeritus, Visa


Employers are looking for graduates:

Through benefitting from a life-changing educational experience, Nelson Mandela University graduates and diplomates will be known for demonstrating:

In-depth disciplinary/interdisciplinary knowledge

  • The ability to engage in the expanding knowledge base of their disciplines/ professions.
  • Excellence in both the art and science of their disciplines/professions.
  • Awareness of the latest advances in and technical competencies required by their disciplines/professions.
  • Leadership in the production of new knowledge and understanding through inquiry, critique and synthesis.
  • An appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge that combines breadth and depth of understanding.
  • An awareness of the global context of their disciplines/professions.

Social awareness and responsible citizenship

  • Commitment to ethical conduct, social awareness and responsible citizenship.
  • An acknowledgment of and respect for constitutional principles and values such as equality, equity, quality, humanity, diversity and social justice.
  • Respect for and awareness of the environment in all its manifestations.
  • A commitment to improving local, national and global environmental sustainability.

Adaptive expertise

  • The ability to apply knowledge and skills in a range of contextual and conceptual frameworks.
  • Ability to anticipate and accommodate change, ambiguity and differing views.
  • Self-management including the ability to work autonomously, exercise initiative, and apply time management and organisational skills.
  • The capacity to sustain intellectual curiosity and a willingness to improve personal performance through self-reflection, the pursuit of lifelong learning, and building networks.

Creativity and innovation

  • Ability to think creatively and to generate a range of innovative ideas that are appropriate to the particular context.
  • Innovation in their approach to and solution of complex problems.
  • Commitment to innovative thinking to advance scholarly excellence.

Critical thinking

  • Openness to new ideas.
  • The ability to understand, interrogate and apply a variety of theoretical and philosophical positions and objectively assess the merits of competing and alternative perspectives.
  • The capacity for critical reflection.

Intra- and interpersonal skills

  • Self-awareness.
  • The ability to relate to and collaborate with others, individually or in teams, to exchange views and ideas and to achieve desired outcomes.
  • The ability to function in a multicultural and multilingual context.

Communication skills

  • The ability to articulate ideas and information confidently and coherently in visual, verbal, written and electronic forms to audiences of different sizes in a range of situations.
  • Respect for the multitude of voices, stories, perspectives and knowledge systems.