About us

The Centre for Leadership is dedicated to build leadership capacity amongst business and community leaders/politicians. We develop those who are prepared to lead and transform themselves and their people in the process.

The complex interdependence of today means that the world we live in is no longer ‘black and white’ – it is now increasingly being described as VUCA (Volatile, Unstable, Chaotic and Ambiguous). These unpredictable times may trigger us into ‘survival mode’ to feel ‘not safe’ and associate current times with being ‘crisis-like’. Rest assured things could still get worse. In many respects this has become the ‘new norm’. A real crisis could still unfold any moment. 

Drawing on an integrative approach to leadership from a variety of approaches, the Centre for Leadership is committed to advancing effective leadership and connectivity in solving complex problems.

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Our Services

Learning Programmes & Workshops

Our leadership training programmes and workshops are designed to enhance your performance and elevate your leadership capabilities. Learn the essential skills, knowledge, and mindset necessary to lead with confidence, inspire others, and drive lasting success. From practical leadership strategies to cutting-edge techniques, you will be enabled with the tools needed to navigate challenges, seize opportunities, and propel your career forward.

Leadership Coaching

Experience the transformative power of leadership coaching as we partner with you to unlock your true leadership excellence. Our highly skilled and qualified coaches provide one-on-one tailored support, enabling you to overcome personal barriers, develop effective leadership strategies, and achieve your goals. Through our proven coaching methodologies, you will enhance your self-awareness, sharpen your communication skills, and cultivate the resilience needed to thrive in today's dynamic business landscape.

Tailored Team-building

Ignite the spirit of collaboration, synergy, and high performance within your teams through our dynamic team-building experiences. Our meticulously designed team-building programs are tailored to cultivate a culture of trust, cohesion, and shared goals. We partner with you to address your organisation's specific challenges and objectives. Expand the capacity of individuals to perform effectively within teams and leadership roles, fostering a culture of collaboration and excellence.

Change Facilitation

Empower your team to adapt to change seamlessly, embrace new opportunities, and create a positive and resilient work environment that drives organisational success. Our experienced facilitators will guide your team through the process of embracing change, cultivating a cohesive team culture, and aligning individual and collective values. Through interactive sessions, we create an environment that encourages open communication, collaboration, and a shared vision.

Leadership Mentorship

Unleash your full leadership potential with our personalised leadership mentorship programs. Tap into the guidance and wisdom of experienced leaders who will provide invaluable insights, practical advice, and ongoing support throughout your leadership journey. Our tailor-made mentorship programs empower you to navigate challenges, make informed decisions, and overcome obstacles, enabling accelerated growth, maximum impact, and exceptional leadership in your field.

Our leadership model

Many theorists assert their leadership model as having ‘the answer’. Nobody has all the answers, rather each has a piece of the puzzle. Applying an integrative approach, pieces of the puzzle are put together to show how models actually work together, rather than one being better than the other. 
The Centre for Leadership integrates models from Situational Leadership, Authentic Leadership, Transformational Leadership, Neuroscience-based leadership, Transactional Leadership, Value-based Leadership, Ethical Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Agile Leadership, Strategic Leadership, Servant Leadership and Steward Leadership.
This integrated approach places Ownership-driven leadership at the centre of the leader’s actions. This makes people feel like stakeholders, empowering them, whilst building trust in the leader. In times of crisis, it is the leader who becomes empowered. The trust which is built up during ‘business as usual’ translates as support for the leader. This empowers the leader to make bold and possibly unpopular decisions to overcome the crisis.

Meet the Team

Centre for Leadership - Claudio Chiste

Claudio Chiste, CEO

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Claudio serves as the Chairman of Coaches & Mentors of South Africa (Comensa) for the Western Cape, the National Executive Committee (National EXCO) and served on the Social & Ethics Committee. He is also currently the President of the Cape Chapter of the Professional Speakers Association of South Africa (PSASA). Claudio’s intrinsic values have influenced his belief in making a difference for the common good, by helping others to adopt a mindset of resilience, and engendering a culture which embraces leadership, regardless of seniority. Claudio is a firm believer that nothing is instant, only instant coffee, results take time. The important thing is to progress, creating non-intimidating micro-goals on a daily basis.

Notable skills/qualifications include:

  • Certified Master NLP Practitioner and Master Life Coach.
  • He has completed SETA Assessor and Moderator accreditation training.
  • Graduate of the UCT Executive Coaching programme.
  • A credentialed coach with Comensa.
  • Master of Science from City, University of London.
  • B. Comm (Hons) from University of Cape Town and a Bachelor in Military Science majoring in ‘pure’ Mathematics and Nautical Science from the SA Military Academy, Stellenbosch University.
  • His varied background allows him to have a multi-angled approach, with a background as a leader whilst a combat officer in the South African Navy (9 years), and as a specialist banker in London (10 years) with Investec Bank, during which time he was in charge of an international award-wining business association focused on promoting both business and the next generation, called Shipping Professional Network London (www.spnl.co.uk) serving as chairman for 8 years.
  • In addition to coaching, he is a martial arts instructor.
Bruno Bruniquel

Bruno Bruniquel, Partner

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Bruno started Bruniquel & Associates (Pty) Ltd in 1981 and headed the company for 39 years. Not one to rest, it was not long after he established Bruno Bruniquel Coaching. In the first quarter of 2023 Bruno Bruniquel Coaching merged with the Centre for Leadership to form the Centre for Leadership and Coaching. 

Notable skills/qualifications include:

  • Bruno developed over 50 training courses and training videos, most of which were SETA accredited covering all aspects of labour relations and leadership. These courses have been widely used throughout Southern Africa, included award winning training videos which Bruno wrote, directed and produced himself.
  • B.Soc.Sci from the University of Natal.
  • Registered Chartered HR professional and Mentor with the SABPP.
  • An accredited assessor and moderator with the Services SETA.
  • Graduate of the UCT Executive Coaching programme.
  • A credentialed coach with Comensa.
  • Past member of the Comensa Social & Ethics Committee.
  • A part-time official of the Guardian Employers Organisation representing clients in the CCMA and Bargaining Councils for over 20 years.
  • In addition to coaching, at the age of 78 he is an active black belt karate practitioner and avid surfer.
Jacques van Heerden

Jacques van Heerden, Facilitator and Coach

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Jacques has been a full-time professional Strategy and Leadership Success Coach for 17 years, working with senior executives, teams and multi-disciplinary groups in a diverse range of companies.

He is committed to help individuals and business rediscover their reason for being and spark immediate action through a tailored process of strategic thinking, planning and implementation. He inspires and energises leaders to build effectively engaged teams that deliver outstanding organisational results. He also believes that at the heart of every coaching conversation lies the opportunity to create and design a new future. It does not matter what your dilemma or challenge is; the art of the conversation magically delivers that first step that builds momentum and then establishes the joy of the journey.

Notable skills/qualifications include:

  • 15 years experience in a multi-national company gaining considerable experience in Sales & Marketing, Project Management, Operations management, Strategic Business Analysis and ERP business consulting.
  • Served as executive and non-executive director of several companies adding value in diverse fields ranging from professional services, digital broadcasting and manufacturing.
  • Leads various projects to build sustainable communities through internship programmes and business clusters to upskill, engage and empower previously disadvantaged young entrepreneurs.
  • A credentialed coach with Comensa.
  • Past Chair of Comensa for the Gauteng Chapter
Kholeka C. Ngubeni-Henderson

Kholeka C. Ngubeni-Henderson, Facilitator and Coach

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Notable skills/qualifications include:

  • Certificate in Executive & Management Coaching
  • Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management
    Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources Management and Clinical Psychology with a minor in French
  • SABPP Master HR Professional
  • Wealth of experience in coaching Executives and leadership teams
  • Over 25 years’ experience in HR including HR Director and Executive roles in various industries, both locally and overseas
Anneke Kleinhans

Anneke Kleinhans, Facilitator and Coach

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Notable skills/qualifications include:

  • Industrial and Organisational Psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in various HR and training disciplines in the corporate and manufacturing environment.
  • Genuine desire for developing strong leaders and for all things development, from technology and instructional design to coaching and mentoring.
  • Transitioned from a corporate career to a small business owner, bringing a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a love for technology and innovation into the learning and consulting world.
  • She has a passion for growing small and medium business owners, HR professionals, and executives and collaborates with the best in the industry to deliver sustainable and impactful results.
Alison Coates

Alison Coates, Facilitator and Coach

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Notable skills/qualifications include:

  • Alison holds a M.Com in Industrial Psychology.
  • Certified Emotional Intelligence Consultant and backs her multidisciplinary approach with 25 years experience in business change and project management.
  • She is the Chair of Comensa for the KZN Chapter.
  • Previously a member of Toastmasters International.
  • She specializes in growing people in the areas of emotional intelligence, engagement, mindfulness and resilience.
  • An outdoor enthusiast and loves an endurance challenge, having completed several long distance swimming & running events.
Linda Smith

Linda Smith, Facilitator and Coach

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Notable skills/qualifications include:

  • Honours graduate in both Industrial Psychology and Industrial Relations from the University of Natal
    Accredited Assessor with the Services Seta
  • Over 20-years’ experience in the field of HR, labour relations, and business consulting
  • Has consulted and facilitated training for Bruniquel & Associates for over 20 years
  • Has coached both managers and employees in both the private and public sector
Aubrey Moyo

Aubrey Moyo, Facilitator and Coach

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Notable skills/qualifications include:

  • B.Soc.Sc from UKZN
  • Transport Management Diploma from the University of Johannesburg
  • Has held senior HR positions including IR Manager for both Renfreight Manufacturing and SA Brewieries in the 80’s and 90’s and Executive Director of Corobrik and spent 7 years as the Executive Director of Transport Management and Training Projects
  • Consulted and facilitated training on behalf of Bruniquel & Associates in the capacity of Senior Associate, Shareholder and Director
Lance Marshall

Lance Marshall, Facilitator and Coach

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Lance Marshall, Financial Director, facilitator and COMENSA Credentialed Master Coach is a Mechanical Engineer who has held a number of senior level leadership positions in some of the largest manufacturing operations in South Africa.

He has run his own coaching and mentoring practice since 2018 with both private and corporate clients from a number of industry sectors and he is currently an Entrepreneur Development Coach with BusinessFit.

His notable skills/qualifications include:

  • BTech. Mechanical Engineering graduate from Wits with a Government Certificate of Competency through Veasey’s Engineering College
  • MDP from UNISA and graduate of the UCT Executive Coaching and Advanced Project Management programmes
  • Past Chair of COMENSA KZN Chapter and Director (Chair: Audit Risk & Finance Committee)
Paul Finnigan

Paul Finnigan, Facilitator and Coach

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Paul is a trusted and competent Certified Executive Coach, passionate about development, learning and assisting people navigate change in their lives through Coaching and Mentoring. He engages with individuals, teams, organisations and communities in solving their most pressing problems. Paul is an insightful Coach with 11000+ hours of worldwide Coaching experience. His Coaching style is about creating awareness and enabling positive change for clients to achieve their goals. Paul delivers an authentic and grit-like Coaching experience, either online or face-to-face. Paul currently serves as the Deputy Chairman of Coaches & Mentors of South Africa (Comensa) for the Western Cape and the co-founder of PISA Consulting. Paul is also a Mentor with WEDU Global Programme for Women Leading Change in Asia and with Fix Forward a Mentoring Programme within the construction industry.

Notable skills/qualifications include:

  • Certified Certified NS-NLP Executive and Corporate Coach
  • Lean Six Sigma Coach & Kaizen Facilitator
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certified Teacher
  • Organisational Strategy Workshop Facilitator
  • Social Entrepreneur with NGOs and schools in East Africa
  • Paul’s mission in life is to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others, and for them to be more successful and happier, using the most efficient path possible. His clients experience amazing improvements in their productivity, time management, motivation, leadership skills, flexibility, goal attainment, creativity, stress reduction, and work/life balance.
  • Advanced Diploma in Operations Management, BTech Computer Aided Engineering
  • Quality Management Systems
  • In addition to Coaching and Mentoring he is a published non-fiction author
Chantelle Botha

Chantelle Botha, Facilitator and Coach

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Chantelle believes that we are all destined to live lives of purpose and to find the courage to pursue that purpose. In 2019, she birthed Dragonfly – a coaching consultancy that inspires and empowers people to find their purpose and roll out a strategy to pursue or create their dream job. Chantelle was a runner up in the 2021 global Entrepreneur X-Factor competition, and in the 2023 PSASA Speaker Factor, has spoken on numerous podcasts and webinars, and has worked with clients on every continent. Her purpose is to lead people on a courageous I AM journey to help them find their WAY to a life of fulfilment.

Notable skills/qualifications include:

  • Life & Career Coach, with NLP Foundation
  • Chantelle has a PhD in the School of Life, having conquered active addition twice, single-handedly raised a 26-year-old son who is now an International Art Auctioneer, and rebuilt her life from the ashes of loss. In the early days of her career, she was often referred to as a Rainmaker due to her strategic sales ability and achievement of over 900% of her target when she initiated her recruitment career. Her passion for helping people find purpose-driven careers has led to an in-depth study of Identity, and she is in the process of patenting her I AM coaching model.
  • Notable SA Career expert at various Universities and Colleges Graduation Workshops.
  • Works closely with Peter Bremner, a Certified Clifton Strength Coach, EDTA SETA Certified Facilitator, ICF and Comensa Member.

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