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Sawubona Leadership

Realities Facing Leaders Today

How do leaders stay ahead of the curve and innovate the next best thing when what’s new today is outdated tomorrow, when young workers reject established rules, and when the fear of being replaced by a robot is real? Great bosses know they can’t do it alone. They harness the gifts of their people so individuals have the leadership capabilities once only required of senior managers. Millennials are ready to take on this challenge, provided their leaders can create unified communities where they feel aligned with a company’s vision, and they can use their gifts to do purposeful work to solve the challenges of this century. Sawubona (sow-BOH-nah) Leaders answer that call.

How Sawubona Leadership Answers the Call

Sawubona (Zulu for “I see you”) Leadership is a simple yet profoundly impactful way of engaging others. Instead of getting employees to be their best self, Sawubona Leaders recognize that people already are their best self. They see each person as intrinsically gifted in the way they are, develop the whole person, and create the opportunities and culture for each to live up to their highest potential. By serving a person’s highest purpose, an inner drive is unleashed; employees go beyond what is expected to invest in themselves, their work, their organizations, and a greater good that changes the world for the better. Today, Sawubona is in over thirty countries.

Sawubona Leadership is a revolutionary system that opens doors of perception to big shared visioning, helping me connect with people, see their gifts and blind spots (as well as my own), inspire my team’s best work, and stay grounded and confident in the face of monumental challenges. It has guided me and my team, to reach new heights in business while leading with compassion and with a gift centered approach.

~Kimberly Khanbeigi, President & CEO of Kiyonna Clothing, Inc.

Why Sawubona Leadership Now?

Mystifying Millennials

More than a decade ago, out of a need to help her frustrated clients better engage this generation of workers, Susan searched for answers. The books she read and the seminars she attended revealed how generations were different. “I wanted to know what unites us as generations, not just what divides us.”

An executive friend led her to the ghettos of South Central Los Angeles to Tony LoRe and Youth Mentoring Connection. Here was a former business executive who had sold his successful marketing-and-management-systems business. For fifteen years he had been transforming and saving the lives of thousands of inner-city millennials. His leadership style changed when he listened to what would engage them. Over the years, influenced by these youth, he created the “Gift-Centered Approach,” which refers to bringing out the best “gifts” that each of us carries inside. This method is at the heart of his way of mentoring, which he called Sawubona, a Zulu greeting that means “I see you,” as in seeing the whole person.

Seeing how a gift-centered approach turned around thousands of lives—for inner-city millennials and the staff serving them—Susan brought Sawubona Leadership to the corporate world. Today she has guided hundreds of clients’ teams through dramatic turnarounds and cultural transformations to achieve increased productivity and profitability while transforming their lives.

The Relentless Curve

In an ever-changing world, successful leaders know that to be competitive, you can’t be on the cutting-edge, you must redefine the edge. That means anticipating change, innovating the next best thing, and making decisions in a shorter timeframe without all the information. Great leaders know they can’t do it alone. They need all their people anticipating what’s around the corner and using their gifts to innovate the next disruption in their industry. These leadership capabilities, once only required of senior managers are now critical for all employees. When something comes out of left field and catches a company off guard, it’s too late.

Sawubona leaders have been making the LeaderShifts necessary for over a decade to develop within themselves and their people these leadership capabilities. They see the world through a lens of connecting rather than controlling, seeing and accepting rather than conforming, finding purpose rather than just getting things done. Their people respond by creating a culture where people’s ideas are heard, their gifts are seen, their creativity soars, and their best selves come forward to keep the company ahead of the curve and thriving into the future.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Artificial intelligence is everywhere, whether it’s Waze giving you directions or Alexa as your personal assistant. Yes, robots are replacing people. So what makes you different than a robot? What value do you bring that Alexa can’t?

Successful leaders know that it takes more than knowledge, intellect, or even experience to thrive. If you’re only operating from your intellect, you’re using one-third of the capacity available to you. Scientists have discovered that vast untapped intelligences exist in our hearts and bodies. Tapping into these intelligences are critical to a leader’s success in the 21st century, so they use their intuition when making decisions, sense what’s next when there are few hard facts to guide them, and think not just outside-the-box but where there is none. Developing all three of our intelligences gives everyone the capacity to do what bots can’t!

Sawubona leaders strive to build a culture that supports all three intelligences (head, heart, body) so people feel heard for their ideas, use their innate gifts and find purpose in their work beyond doing a job to fulfilling a mission that is changing the world for the better. When this happens, long-term sustainable success is possible.

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  • Create a new legacy of leadership that recognizes the world is radically changing and explodes old paradigms to make room for more highly effective ways of doing things.
  • Transform an organization’s culture so its leaders and people collaborate in a way where people see and honor the whole person (gifts, blind spots, strengths, weakness, genius) and what they bring, thus motivating individuals to go beyond what is expected to invest in themselves, their work, the mission of the company and the greater good it serves.

Stage 1: Awakening

Beyond Opening Up to Awakening

  • Awaken to new paradigms that are changing in leadership and cultures of companies today.
  • See a bigger picture of what needs to change within ourselves as individuals and leaders.
  • Begin the paradigm shift from best practices to next practices as individuals and as an organization through insights, practices, and processes.
  • From Unconscious/Incompetent to Conscious/Incompetent

Stage 2: Integration

Beyond Knowing and Doing to Integrating It into Every Part of Our Lives

  • Integrate “Who We Are” with “What We Do” through various strategic projects we create that will positively transform our culture.
  • Hold ourselves accountable to our gifts, values, and interaction agreements.
  • Face and overcome a Significant Challenge as individuals and as a team through creating innovative methods that shift how we lead, work, and do business.
  • From Conscious/Incompetent to Conscious/Competent

Stage 3: Mastery

Beyond Good to Great to Mastery

  • Unify our intelligences (head, heart, body) so we make better decisions, anticipate what’s around the corner, innovate the next best thing, and take the risks needed to stay ahead of the curve.
  • Discover our inner power/presence of utilizing our gifts in ways that support each other, the company, our customers, and the community.
  • Solidify the foundation we’re building through honoring each other’s gifts, living our values, and committing to our company’s mission as leaders, because our personal vision for our life is aligned with the greater good we serve as a company.
  • From Conscious/Competent to Unconscious/Competent