Name: Martin Tintswalo Maluleke
Organisation: Methodist Church of Southern Africa
Martin Maluleke was born and bread and toasted in Soweto South Africa, and raised during the time of uprising in South Africa, I grew up in a township which shaped my political, Social, and educational environment, Leadership was an asset displayed by many of our oldest generation as they seek to make sense of unjust and racist government
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1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
The most challenging experience about leadership is balancing the people expectations and the leader aspirations, the is always a big tension
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I always thought leadership was about position and titles, but I have changed my mind and I believe that everyone is a leader in their own right and I strongly believe in the self leader, so before I resume any leadership role I must learn self-discipline, good governance skills, and good ethical leadership abilities then I can be able to lead others, without this skills I can't lead anyone
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
My work and leadership skills are not structured or rehearsed, I'm a clergyman so I provide leadership to my institution and the community as well, so I have to be on my toes all the time
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
The importance of consistency and patience, the lessons in leadership are countless and everyday life has lots of teaching to offer we have to pay attention
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?
The Bible is the only book that has had an impact and continues to impact my life, either than the Bible I want to outline " The leader phrase book by Patrick Alain, This book has helped me articulate leadership phrases which help me in my roles especially most of my life I do a lot of teaching and preaching
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
I would advise them to invest in people and relationships in their leadership roles, Positions come and go but human relationships are very important and infinite
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
The most meaningful story for me is people's responses and giving me feedback about the impact my leadership roles is having them, I love listening to those stories they encourage me to be a better person and a better leader