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Thank you to the 1646 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 questions! I hope reading 7 Questions with

Lesetja Maraba

helps you in your leadership.

Lesetja Maraba

Lesetja Maraba

Name: Lesetja Maraba

Title: Executive Director

Organisation: Maraba IT Solutions Incoporated

I am a multi-talented, innovative and qualified IT professional a solid passion for all things IT related. I offer solid competencies in the areas of Programming, Web Development, Databases, Cloud Computing, IT Support, Network System Administration. Strong organizational skills, I have a positive outlook on life and value interpersonal relations. I view myself as a value asset in the IT value chain able to communicate with people from different backgrounds and able to provide solutions to a wide array of issues

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?

Most challenging aspects would be managing relationships, politics, and image in the work environment. This includes gaining managerial support, managing up, influencing others, and getting buy-in from other departments, groups, or individuals. also with difficult People. There will always be people on your team, in your organization and in your working life who are difficult.

2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?

As Lesetja Maraba . I have always been self motivated and passionate with executing my vision of digital transformation in Africa. Which lead me to easy influence executives with my solutions that I delivered and the vision I had which would be made a reality some day. It was when a company I used to work for was facing liquidation which a came up with solutions that would divert the crisis at hand during the covid 19 pandemic into a new model that the business would be successful. it was the I was Elected as the Executive IT Co-Ordinator which gave birth to my role as a Leader in the IT Industry in South Africa.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

I structured my work days by mostly collaborating with stakeholders from 8am to 10am then 11am to 3pm would be meetings with clients and working on other systems am currently building with a work structure of 4 days a week under normal circumstances. then when there's urgent projects am working on its 7days a week.

4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?

Observing how others handle themselves – peers, management, and other external leaders – Whether you agree with how a situation is handled or not, the experience can teach you how to approach a similar issue in the future. Leadership is a constant assessment and reevaluation, so the more you can learn from the experiences of others – good or bad– the better off you’ll be when you’re positioned to make the decisions.

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

Good Power. After reading the book I gained good prespective on accomplishing my targets. As I was tasked with increasing the overall sales numbers from one quarter to the next. I used my experience and knowledge to determine what methods work best for selling products and developed a presentation on three of the best ways to increase sales. When I gave this presentation, I encouraged the sales team members to share their insights and how they could apply the methods to specific deals that were currently in their pipelines. The following quarter, our sales numbers increased by 15%.

6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?

Be a person of principles and integrity. By principles I mean have a system of beliefs that promote the advancement of mankind and live by them

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?

When days are dark friends are few however never give up, It's because on your consistency as a leader and teamwork you achieve big thing that build up from small things in our daily routine.

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