From left to right: Prof Arnold Smit (Director: Centre for Businessin Society at USB-ED and guest speaker at event), Ilonka van der Sandt(Program Director RoA (Gauteng), USB-ED) and Armin Wieland(Chairperson: USB Alumni Association in Namibia)
USB Executive Development (USB-ED), the public executive development and training company of the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), was awarded a PMR.africa
Diamond Arrow Award under the category of Foreign Business Schools offering Executive Education (short courses) in Namibia.
Prof Arnold Smit
of the USB-ED Centre for Business in Society
and guest speaker at the award ceremony in Windhoek spoke about the purpose of leadership in a world that has become as volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous as the one that we live in today. He said that a leader’s task is to facilitate the purpose of the organisation through caring for three things, namely fulfilling its destiny, building its identity and optimising its internal processes. Leaders who do so effectively, are leaders who know how to facilitate their own sense of purpose as well. Leaders can only keep their organisations, and even a nation, together when they care about keeping themselves together.
USB-ED CEO, Frik Landman
, commented: “Our vision for Africa and our role in it, keeps us motivated and constantly reaching higher. The PMR award in Namibia is therefore a further affirmation and motivates us to continue on our journey."
USB-ED’s mean score in the Namibian survey was 4.14 out of a possible 5.00 points. The survey was conducted from September to October 2014.