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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


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|0 Comments

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

Les relations humaines en perspective

Nous sommes conditionnés par la peur, la cupidité, un manque d’attention (envers autrui et nous-même) et nous sommes plus portés sur ce dont nous pensons avoir besoin pour prospérer ou survivre. Dans ce processus nous observons l’attitude des autres et si nous ne nous sentons pas à l’aise ou si nous ne sommes pas [...]

By |2019-01-22T10:39:01+02:00January 22nd, 2019|Leadership Blog|0 Comments

How we see others creates a diversity challenge

We are driven by fear and greed, display a lack of care for others, and we focus on what we think we need to do to thrive or survive. In the process we look at others’ behaviour and if we do not feel safe, or if we do not have a sense that they [...]

By |2019-01-22T10:28:09+02:00January 22nd, 2019|Leadership Blog|0 Comments

Managerial Leadership (*) Coaching will lead to Optimal Results

In our recent research that we conducted in the mining industry in South Africa regarding frontline managers, it was evident that managerial leaders replace individual relationships with group instruction, fear (demand compliance), systems, and processes.  Most of the engagements took place in groups, while very little effort was made not to embarrass others.  There [...]

By |2019-01-22T10:29:35+02:00September 5th, 2018|Leadership Blog|0 Comments

Leaders are too Powerful to be Neutral

Dr Rean du Plessis, Director, Change Partners  Leaders and coaches are too powerful to be neutral. The top 15% of leaders are pro-active, thoughtful and intentional. They display high levels of energy, lead people as opposed to managers who manage processes and systems and their cognitive capacity is in the top 4% of the [...]

By |2019-01-22T10:30:21+02:00June 13th, 2017|Leadership Blog|0 Comments
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