About Rean du Plessis

Dr Rean du Plessis is the Managing Partner at Authentic Leadership and has been involved in the leadership assessment, development, executive search and executive coaching industry since 1999. Rean sees himself as an African with a purpose – he is passionate about contributing to Africa’s wealth by matching organisations with hand selected leaders, then smartly positioning these leaders within organisations to allow them to thrive. Read more about Rean

Taking people from here to there: the importance of clarity of direction

The fourth leadership dimension that emerged from my PhD study describes this aspect of leadership exactly. I call it clarity of direction. In Chapter 6 of my book, The Leader’s Inner Source*, I explain it as follows: Being able to have and provide clarity of direction requires three things: having a clear vision, sharing [...]

By |2021-07-15T11:55:19+02:00July 14th, 2021|Leadership Blog|0 Comments

Work with others to create infinite possibilities

“By ourselves, we are unlikely to change the status quo, but working with others opens up infinite possibilities.” ~ The Leader’s Inner Source*, Chapter 5, “Creating infinite possibilities” This past month, I was reminded of this truth when I entered into a partnership with Legitimate Leadership. It hit home for me on two levels. [...]

By |2021-06-10T19:21:22+02:00June 10th, 2021|Leadership Blog|2 Comments

Inspired creativity: What it is and why it’s important in leadership.

Lately, I’ve been reminded how some people can see and create things way before others. I call it “inspired creativity” – the ability to find alternative solutions and approaches in pursuit of sustainable results. Inspired creativity is one of the seven leadership dimensions that emerged from my PhD research, and I devote Chapter 4 [...]

By |2021-05-12T16:00:06+02:00May 12th, 2021|Leadership Blog|0 Comments

Mindfulness: first key to unleashing a leader’s full potential

Can you relate? You’re having a busy day at work, and there’s a particular problem that you can’t get off your mind. Even though you’re in and out of meetings (or video calls these days), you don’t contribute much. You’re preoccupied. That evening at home, you’re quiet at the dinner table. You don’t ask [...]

By |2021-03-12T14:02:00+02:00March 11th, 2021|Leadership Blog|0 Comments


In my reflections with a coaching client at the start of this year, I was fascinated by what she has achieved during very difficult global times. I was reminded again: we are not our circumstances. This point is backed up by research. A study that followed 52 men who were in prison at an [...]

By |2021-02-02T20:16:13+02:00February 2nd, 2021|Leadership Blog|1 Comment

Enhancing our leadership capacity to contribute to a more humane global system

Enhancing our leadership capacity to contribute to a more humane global system As leaders, we have a responsibility to develop a humane system in which we create wealth, but not at the cost of people.  In my previous blog on the 5th Industrial Revolution, I referred to the problematic situation when humans and machines [...]

By |2020-12-17T16:12:01+02:00December 14th, 2020|Leadership Blog|0 Comments

The leader’s responsibility in the 5th Industrial Revolution

Over the past few centuries, humans have experienced wave upon wave of technological advancements, and it has had a massive impact on the way we work. The image below illustrates this series of industrial revolutions. The first two industrial revolutions were spread apart by at least a century. Now, it’s happening much quicker. We [...]

By |2020-12-17T16:12:11+02:00November 25th, 2020|Leadership Blog|0 Comments

The potential for a different kind of leadership

I end the introduction to the book with these words: Dare to entertain the idea of a different kind of leadership than what most of us think of when we hear the word. Imagine what organisations can be like if everyone, including the leader, comes to work with their whole [...]

By |2020-12-17T16:13:05+02:00October 22nd, 2020|Leadership Blog|0 Comments

The leaders’ ‘inner source’ in a global context

What are a leader’s core strengths and values and how do they navigate in a very complex fast changing world? Otto Scharmer, author of Theory U, says we know a great deal about leaders, their decision-making, what they do and how they do it, ‘but, we know very little about the ‘inner place’, for [...]

By |2020-12-17T17:16:14+02:00December 6th, 2019|Leadership Blog|0 Comments

Comparison is the worst form of rejection

The controversial Jordan Peterson, in his book: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (2018), adds something else to the above. In his rule 4 he has the following to say: “Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not the person you are today… Start by getting on your knees to pray. Even [...]

By |2019-05-20T09:36:08+02:00May 7th, 2019|Leadership Blog|0 Comments
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