Nzou Global Leadership Development

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Build strong leadership skills that make a lasting impact

We are committed to shifting organisations into the modern era.

Building highly adaptive teams that achieve the strategic goals. The process is simple…

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Schedule an Appointment

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Experience an
Exploratory Session

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Live the
Transformation

Once you Book an exploratory session, you’ll have taken the first step to becoming a masterful leader.

We believe that the COVID pandemic taught us that we need to be highly adaptive and meet challenges that don’t exist yet. You deserve to have the people around you that are equipped to lead (no matter what happens). In short… We help executives to become masterful leaders who inspire and lead high-functioning teams.

Moira Bassingthwaighte

I have “known” Barbara for a few years, towards the end of last year, Barbara joined a meeting, smiling, happy and bubbly – at the time, I remember thinking “I want what she is taking!” Barbara shared her journey regarding positive intelligence with us, the changes it had made to her life, both in the workspace and on a personal level. For the last 7 weeks I have been part of a Positive Intelligence pod Barbara has been coaching – Barbara really commits to the session and to the Pod members – listens and guides without pre-empting or judgement, giving a different perspective and a new way of looking at things – sage advice! She has given me the tools to use to make the changes in my own life – ever grateful!

Moira Bassingthwaighte

At Nzou Leadership Development, We get it.

We understand how lonely leadership can inevitably become. How the pressures of building a proactive, high performing team in the uncertain times can escalate and become overwhelming. Our methodology is the culmination of over 30 years experience of empowering corporate leaders, helping them lead inspired teams who move forward together.

As the founder of Nzou Global Leadership Development, I have fulfilled a senior leadership role spanning 25 years leading large scale programmes to implement business strategy and legal compliance. Most of this work was completed in large scale financial services conglomerates in South Africa and 7 other African countries. In my own leadership development journey I became aware of the need to effectively lead change initiatives taking all the key stakeholders on the journey. Most programmes fail, not because it was the wrong strategy, but because as leaders we failed to inspire followership in the key people we needed to make the changes happen effectively. This led to less than optimal strategy implementation, and new business solutions did not thrive.

After completing an honours degree in clinical psychology (cum laude), I pivoted my personal learning to leadership coaching. At a luncheon with the managing director of one of the large conglomerates I worked for, everyone had to introduce themselves, and my

 fellow guests were all actuaries, accountants and lawyers. When I introduced myself as programme manager for a business that was making in excess of R1 billion in profit annually, I was asked why I had studied psychology and coaching. My answer was simple. My Prince 2 accreditation had given me project management methodology to follow. I explained that creating a business case, project scope of work, project plan, resource plan and budget, was the easy part. Getting everyone in the team and all stakeholders to row in the same direction for 2 – 5 years was the hard part.

I became fascinated with leading organisational change and was accredited to run a course entitled “Leadership Coaching Towards Intercultural Competence”. After completing a masters degree in leadership coaching through Middlesex University in the united Kingdom, I went on to complete a PhD in Leadership Coaching Towards Intercultural Competence.

Leading projects and coaching in 7 African countries led me on a journey to understanding cross-cultural leadership, and how to effectively work with diverse cultures, again towards making business solutions that thrived.

Dr. Barbara van Heerden conducted the Enneagram course with me a last year. Barbara was very professional and confident. Her explanations were clear and to the point. She made me feel comfortable throughout the duration of the sessions and I felt that she knew the area of work and how to teach it effectively. Dr. van Heerden has to be commended for her insight, people skills and patience.

Bevan Sylvester

Coaching for Leadership for Life

Coaching for Leadership for Life

Coaching for Leadership for Life

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Leadership Self-mastery
(This is Positive Intelligence
® foundation programme)

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Leading your organisation
into an uncertain future

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Leading
organisational change

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Leading towards
valuing diveristy,
encouraging inclusion

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Leading high performance
teams

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Leadership and self-care

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Towards self-actualisation

When I signed up for the Positive Intelligence Program, I was in a very bad space personally. I reluctantly thought, oh well, let’s try it. I never anticipated that it would provide me with the purpose and joyfulness I so craved. 

Yet, within 3 sessions, I did a 180-degree turnaround! My life transitioned slowly, but surely, for the better. I opened up my shell, and the universe became a magic place again! My husband, family, friends, and colleagues all noticed the difference. And with Barbara’s amazing coaching, I now am in the position to be in that magic place on a daily basis. PLUS, I know exactly how to get into my positive universe.

I have known and respected Barbara for many years as a colleague, but this year she made an enormous difference in my life and future! I would highly recommend her as a coach. Barbara is super intuitive, a great listener, and very talented as a coach. She is a game changer.

You will never look back………….

Carina Van Den Bergh

Global Reach

Meet the Team

Thembelihle MasukuThembelihle Masuku

I am Thembelihle Masuku better known as Thembi. I am from KZN and reside in Durban. I have completed high school in Siyamukela Comprehensive High School in Madadeni (Newcastle).

Tertiary Education I have completed the following:

B SocSc (Social Work) 4 years from University of Fort Hare. Have won two scholarships to study in Germany (Essen University) and USA (Jackson State University).

Post Grad Qualifications:

Certificate in EAP (University of Pretoria)
Management Advancement Programme (Wits Business School)
Business and Executive Coaching (Wits Business School)
Post Grad Diploma in Leadership Development (Stellenbosch Business School)

Work Experience:

I have worked as a Therapist in SANCA (Drugs and Alcohol setting) for 3 years. Worked as an Occupational Social Worker in SANDF for 5 years, both inside SA and outside our borders as part of the UN Peacekeeping Mission for 5 years. My last employer was Transnet Engineering as Manager of Employee Health and Wellness for 15 years.

I am currently in private practice (rendering Employee Wellness Services and Life and Business Coaching services)

Matimba Davis Mabasa Matimba Davis Mabasa

Matimba Davis Mabasa hold a BTech in Management Services (Organizational Development) from the University of Johannesburg. He also hold Basics in Project Management, Introduction to Sales and Marketing, Course in Strategic Management and Course in Basics of Total Quality Management from the University of South Africa, and Development Evaluation Training Programme in Africa (Foundation Track) from Wits Business School (Clear Anglophone Africa). He also did a coaching certificate with Yelusa Coaching Academy. His passion for education led him to write and publish several research articles such as A Review on Standards, Practices and Future Prospects of Project Management in a South African Context, The Effect of Business Processes Re-engineering on Improving Customer Satisfaction & Retention in the Manufacturing Industry, A review on the impact of leadership in healthcare: South African Context and other papers. His near future plans is to pursue an MBA and alternately PhD in Business leadership.He has been involved coaching and mentoring for many years until he decided to it professionally. Impact, transformation and growth are his cornerstone in helping younger leaders and executives to maximize their potential. He believe that everyone has great potential invested in them and through the use of Coaching and mentoring tools he partner with individuals to mine their potential.

Dr Maame NikabsDr Maame Nikabs

She is a highly regarded business leader and strategic advisor, empowering individuals, and organizations to reach their full potential. With a PhD in Linguistics from Queen Mary, University of London and being an academic fellow at Africa No Filter, she brings a unique blend of academic and practical experience to her clients. Maame also hosts the popular “Language Matters” podcast.

In her private practice, Maame works with organizations to foster inclusive cultures where everyone feels valued and heard. She specialises in using language to enhance diversity and inclusion and minimize the impact of language-related biases on career outcomes. She helps organisations effectively reach and engage with their target audience, attract a diverse range of candidates, and develop and retain employees.

As a Maxwell certified behavioural analysis trainer and mental fitness (positive intelligence ®) coach, Maame integrates these principles into her work to improve team performance, enhance wellbeing, and strengthen relationships.

Gary Blair

Gary has over 15 years’ experience in facilitating transformational learning experiences for leaders in the private and social sectors. He holds a Masters in Organisational Leadership from Regent University in Virginia, USA. A career highlight has been the four years he spent at international NGO, Bridges for Peace, running learning and leadership development programmes for cross-cultural volunteer groups. This work resulted in speaking engagements on four continents. Recently, Gary has enjoyed facilitating leadership and management material at Mr Price, Private Property, SA Sugar and FMI. Gary is passionate about motivating people to lead and live better than they did yesterday.

Natasha Ungerer

Natasha is a highly creative individual who has made a name for herself in the fields of art therapy, graphic design, and visual marketing. Her passion for the arts led her to pursue a
qualification in fine arts and design from the National School of Arts in Braamfontein, graduating in the top tier in N3.

Natasha entered the creative industry, where she has spent her life in visual marketing as well as branding. In 2019, she started her first business, DesignerArt. In 2021, Natasha qualified as an art therapy practitioner and founded Scribble Art, which assists children and young adults in connecting with their emotions and overcoming difficulties using creative outlets.

In discovered the magic of combining her art therapy and life coaching skills with the forms and thinking required in building a successful brand. She uses her understanding of visual design and psychology to target the right people and emotions from her clients’ target market across various visual platforms. This has allowed for mutual success and balanced organic growth.

Through successful partnerships with companies such as The Legendary Kraft Digital, Paradox Rocks!, The Sommervile Agency, and the Explore Protech Tribe, Natasha has seen immense growth for everyone involved. This has helped to save the global economy, one small business at a time.

Francis Blair

Natasha is a highly creative individual who has made a name for herself in the fields of art therapy, graphic design, and visual marketing. Her passion for the arts led her to pursue a
qualification in fine arts and design from the National School of Arts in Braamfontein, graduating in the top tier in N3.

Natasha entered the creative industry, where she has spent her life in visual marketing as well as branding. In 2019, she started her first business, DesignerArt. In 2021, Natasha qualified as an art therapy practitioner and founded Scribble Art, which assists children and young adults in connecting with their emotions and overcoming difficulties using creative outlets.

In discovered the magic of combining her art therapy and life coaching skills with the forms and thinking required in building a successful brand. She uses her understanding of visual design and psychology to target the right people and emotions from her clients’ target market across various visual platforms. This has allowed for mutual success and balanced organic growth.

Through successful partnerships with companies such as The Legendary Kraft Digital, Paradox Rocks!, The Sommervile Agency, and the Explore Protech Tribe, Natasha has seen immense growth for everyone involved. This has helped to save the global economy, one small business at a time.

Marlon August

Many business leaders find marketing complicated so they try too many things that at the end of the day end up being a waste of money. With over 20 years of experience in Business and Marketing, Marlon helps us build marketing campaigns that work.

Using some of the latest strategies in marketing neuroscience, he helps his customers apply a story-based marketing approach that is simple and most importantly, effective. Today compelling marketing is about sharing your unique message in a way that positions your brand separately from the competition and grows your business.

Alison BlairAlison Blair

Alison Blair will be managing the finances for Nzou Global Leadership Development. She is an experienced Senior Bookkeeper with more than 25 years working at various charted
accounts firms including KPMG. She has completed a 3 year diploma in financial accounting and Pitmans level 3. She is currently employed at C & S Chartered Accountants Inc. She can be contacted at accounts@nzouleader.com

Eloise Petzer

I am part of the support structure in NZOU and deem it an honour to be the grease that keeps the cogs of the wheel going. My passion is creating hope for tomorrow by making a difference in my community through the essence of facilitation. My initial approach was working with children in their foundation years because they will become tomorrow’s leaders. Until I realized that the people who help form the leaders of
tomorrow, need guidance themselves. This brought me to being a teacher of teachers, through facilitation, formative feedback, and mentorship. I have come to appreciate the journey of life as a whole, because of my interaction with people in their uniqueness and yet collaborative “sameness” as humans.

René Bresser

Rene is the founder of Kraft Digital Design and Co-founder of Through The Noise Agency. He brings fantastic technical expertise to our team, specializing in web development and creating effective and practical websites. With his deep understanding of coding languages and frameworks, René transforms designs into functional and visually appealing websites. He focuses on optimizing user experience, ensuring seamless functionality, and integrating cutting-edge technologies to deliver exceptional results.

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