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7 Questions with Siya Hlongwa

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Jonno White

7 Questions with Siya Hlongwa

Name: Siya Hlongwa

Current title: Ms

Current organisation: Siyarchitectural Designs International (and Be True2Me NPO)

A human rights advocate, diversity consultant and built environment specialist with training in Architecture and town and regional planning.

7 Questions with Siya Hlongwa


1. What have you found most challenging as a board member?

Implementation of ideas after decisions are made

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

I am an activist and very active in the media space, the chief director personally head hunted me.

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

I have my own private company 5 days a week and I do director responsibilities for the NPO two to one days a week.

4. What's the most recent significant leadership lesson you've learned?

I learned that not all battles are worth fighting. As long as the greater vision is still in place.

5. What are some of the keys to doing governance well in a organisation?

Clear boundaries of power and decision making. A good financial plan that is actually implemented.

6. How do you differentiate between the role of board member and the roles of CEO or executive team member of a organisation?

Board members only make organizational decisions that need community input. I am a board member and also a director, as executive members we manage teams of staff in different projects toward advancing the NP Vision.

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

I came in thinking that people know how to listen, but often people only perform listening as a ritual to only prepare to respond and often what is said is not actually enacted or implemented.

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