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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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, 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 the Social & Ethics Committee. He is a certified Master NLP Practitioner and Master Life Coach, carrying the industry respected designation ‘Comensa Credentialed Coach’. He has completed Assessor and Moderator accreditation training.

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, Partner

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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.

Lance Marshall

Lance Marshall, Financial Director

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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)
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
Bongi Ndimande

Bongi Ndimande, Facilitator and Coach

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Notable skills/qualifications include:

  • RAU and WITS graduate with Masters Diploma in Human Resources Management and Specialised Human Resources Management Programme respectively
  • MDP through GIBS
  • Graduate of the UCT Executive Coaching programme
  • COMENSA Credentialed Level 2 Practitioner with an excess of 2000 hours
  • Over 30 year’s Human Resources Specialist experience. She has lead and supported women into male dominated careers in a coal mining environment; challenging stereotypes about women in leadership positions
  • She has also conducted a fully-fledged community engagement programme bringing under one roof all Councillors and Traditional Leaders for facilitation on the aspirations and commitments of a new mine. She trained ordinary community nominated members and created an Executive Community Forum.
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

Find out how we can help with leadership development

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