Graduation Speech : My First Leadership Class

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I can still remember the first day of my 1st MBA week back in 2014. It feels like ages ago but what I did not know at the time was that it was the start of a life changing journey. I can still remember how anxious I was in my first Leadership class. When Paul de Beer introduced us to the Leadership module, I realized that this will be a very rewarding course for me, almost like a movie with me in the lead role. Now, busy with my last leadership assignment, I can say that this was really the most rewarding module of the whole MBA. From the start, I could see that my past definitely played a huge role in who I am today. It was quite an eye-opener. Reflecting back on my childhood, I could see that the conservative upbringing I had, still have an influence on my day to day decision making. As per my free flow and mandatory, my father had the typical adult - child relationship with his father, even at a very late age. This is how it was and I thought that this is the norm and will be the same for me going forward. When I started to work, I was always looking for the “father” figure that can make the decisions and take the lead. I lost my dad when I was only 23. This was a huge wake-up call for me and I realized that I need to take responsibility for my life. This was very hard in the beginning as I needed the guidance and advice of my dad when I started to work, relationships etc. When I was selected for the development team back in 1993 to represent Free State at the Cravenweek

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