Academic Delivers Seminar on Leadership and Fear
College Dean of Teaching and Learning in Law and Management Studies, Professor Kriben Pillay, delivered a seminar on leadership and fear to the staff of the Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre in East London recently.
Pillay has had an association with the organisation since its founding in 1995.
‘It’s a very special community partnership for my research as I am originally from East London and Masimanyane was founded by my friend Dr Lesley Ann Foster, who I have known all my life. She was part of the group South African women nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006,’ said Pillay.
The seminar explored how effective leadership is impeded by fear and what can be done about this through exercising mindfulness.
‘The staff thoroughly enjoyed the two-hour presentation and could identify with how fear impacts on their work as counsellors and activists dealing with gender-based violence,’ said Foster. ‘This is definitely something we want to embed further. As Professor Pillay pointed out, we cannot lead effectively if we are constrained by fear.’
The Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre, which has branches in the Eastern Cape, is one of the largest women support organisations in South Africa, having played an important role in helping draft new legislation supporting the rights of women.
- UKZNdaba Online