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.

Centre for Leadership - Teamwork

The Centre for Leadership Services

Leadership Development

The world around us is constantly evolving. Leadership Development is essential in order recalibrate and to remain relevant and profitable. Our unique programmes expand the capacity of individuals to perform effectively in leadership roles within organisations.

High Performing Teams

Only three things happen naturally within an organisation - friction, confusion and underperformance. Our unique team-building, coaching and tailored workshops are aimed at building teams to reach their full potential.

Leadership Coaching

Effective leadership is critical to the success of any organisation. With our highly skilled and qualified coaches, we offer one-on-one tailored support to help them grow, achieve goals and become a more effective and resilient leader.

Leadership Courses

Group or online courses and programs to improve the performance of current or potential leaders and managers. Courses and programs are often aimed at middle managers and senior executives.

Tailored Team-building

This is the process to expand the capacity of individuals to perform effectively in leadership roles within organisations.

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, 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

Claudio serves as the Chairman of Coaches & Mentors of South Africa (Comensa) for the Western Cape, the National Executive Committee (National EXCO)  and the Social & Ethics Committee. He is a certified Master NLP Practitioner and Master Life Coach, certified Facilitator and accredited Assessor (pending POE approval) by Services SETA, carrying the industry respected designation “Comensa Credentialed Coach”.

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.

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.

He has a Master of Science from City, University of London, B. Comm (Hons) from University of Cape Town and a Bachelor in Military Science majoring in Mathematics and Nautical Science from the SA Military Academy, Stellenbosch University.

In addition to coaching, he is a martial arts instructor where he has his own dojo/club in Cape Town, teaching Krav Maga.

Centre for Leadership - Bruno Bruniquel

Bruno Bruniquel

Bruno started Bruniquel & Associates (Pty) Ltd in 1981 and ran the company for 39 years before semi-retiring to take up business coaching.

Bruno developed over 50 training courses and training videos, most of which were Seta accredited and which covered all aspects of labour relations and leadership. These courses which have been widely used throughout Southern Africa, included award winning training videos which Bruno wrote, directed and produced himself.

He is a B.Soc.Sci graduate from the University of Natal. He is a registered Chartered HR professional and Mentor with the SABPP; is an accredited assessor and moderator with the Services Seta; a graduate of the UCT Get Smarter Executive coaching course and has been a part-time official of the Guardian Employers Organisation representing clients in the CCMA and Bargaining Councils for over 20 years.

He is also a credentialed coach with COMENSA.

Advisory Board

Centre for Leadership - Rear Admiral Petersen

Rear Admiral (JG) Petersen

Military Leadership Advisor

RAdm (JG) Petersen retired, served as a career Officer in the South African Navy (SAN) for 39 years. His career started in Marine Branch of the SAN at the age 22. His first exposure to Command was four years later when he served as the Acting Officer Commanding 113 Harbour Protection Unit, a Marine unit based in Cape Town, responsible for counter insurgency operations both landward and seaward.

In the Marines he held appointments at all levels in operations and training and qualified to the level of Company Commander. By time the Marines were disbanded in 1990 he had, had the privilege of Commanding the first Marine Junior Leader Company and he ended his time in the Marines as Commander Eagle Company, a sub-unit specialising in training Marines in rural counter insurgency operations.

In the years that followed at sea, he has served on many classes of ships and held various appointments which included Operations Officer onboard SAS OUTENIQUA, a Combat Support Ship, before taking Command of the SAS UMZIMKULU, a Mine Countermeasures Vessel.

RAdm (JG) Petersen was the first member of ‘Coloured’ community to Command a Warship in the history of the South African Navy.

He also Commanded SAS SIMONSBERG, the Navy’s Functional Training Unit, before being appointed as the first Officer Commanding the Maritime Reaction Squadron, a specialized Marine unit. Adm Petersen has served multiple times as the Maritime Component Commander in Multi-National and Joint exercises

R Adm (JG) Petersen has held senior positions at

  • Fleet Command
    Senior Officer Mine Warfare
  • Senior Officer Patrol Forces
  • Senior Officer Combat Support
  • Retired as the Director Fleet Force Preparation for the SAN.
Keith Richardson

Keith Richardson

Leadership in Education Advisor

After matriculating at Bishops and completing a BA and a Teaching Diploma at the University of Cape Town, and an MEd at the University of Exeter, Keith Richardson taught Latin, History and English for 25 years at Plumstead High School and Wynberg Boys’ High School.

In 1999 he became the 13th Headmaster of Wynberg Boys’ High School, one of the oldest schools in South Africa, founded in 1841, until his retirement at the end of 2015.

Keith firmly believes that education and learning must take place in and out of the classroom, and that the role of extramural activities – on the sports fields, in the music halls, and on camps and excursions – plays a definitive role in the raising of boys.

He is currently working for the Principals’ Academy mentoring and coaching Principals in Cape Town.

Albert Wort

Dr Albert Wort

Academic Leadership Advisor

Dr Wort is regarded as a thought leader in the field Personal Leadership and the application within the Professional context. His current knowledge of the brain and the functioning of the mind within the leadership context set him apart from others. His area of study pertains to Personal Professional Leadership with specific reference to spiritual leadership and the power of emotional leadership.

He carries the knowledge and intuitive ability to come forth with innovative solutions and the development of theory relevant to the challenge that is simultaneously theoretically and practically sound. He is part of the academic team at the University of Johannesburg in the department of Industrial Psychology and People Management. He is a business coach in the field of self-mastery, individual and organizational wellness, leadership with the brain in mind, spiritual leadership with the individual. He holds a doctorate in Leadership (Personal
Professional Leadership).

Riyadh Najaar

Riyadh Najaar

Community and Educational Leadership Advisor

Mr R. Najaar has a reputation as being one of the most highly regarded school principals in the Western Cape. Well-known for having turned around the formerly gangster-ridden school, Spine Road High in Mitchells Plain, to one where the learners have the utmost pride in the uniform. In fact, under his leadership, it became the only “township” school in the Western Cape to have attained a 100% pass rate. 

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