influential LEADERSHIP is –

the practice of social agency, to influence and shape your lived life and life trajectory for the better, with others

influential Leadership is a System based on Social Agency

Leadership Social Agency is –

the capability a person has to think for themselves and to choose to act in ways that influence and shape
their and others’ functioning and the course of their and others’
life experiences and life trajectories,
for their better

The influential Leadership System
The Architecture

the Philosophy
acknowledges that each of us must choose to practice our
social agency to change things for our and others’ better

the Principles
arise from the Philosophy. They are the fundamental truths
that guide leadership behaviours towards productive outcomes

the behavioural Attributes
flow from the Principles. They are the necessary behavioural
parameters for the leadership process to yield productive outcomes

leadership Moments
are the social circumstances that activate the
exercise of influential Leadership

productive Outcomes
result from the application of influential Leadership at a
leadership Moment. Outcomes are productive consequences
that improve the life conditions and prospects of those affected.
They must be ethical, inclusive, just, legal,
proper and respectful

The PURPOSE of leadership is to change things for the better, for the person who chooses to lead (the ‘leader’), and
those downstream (family, team, associates, citizens)

the 8 Principles

1. I lead by choice

2. I go first

3. I take personal responsibility

4. I influence and shape lives through social agency

5. I keep people at the centre

6. I lead anywhere and at anytime

7. I benefit with others

8. I shape change for the better

the 8 behavioural Attributes

1. I am self-aware

2. I am courageous

3. I am hopeful

4. I am principled

5. I am purposeful

6. I am questioning

7. I am strategic

8. I am thoughtful

Karoo is a Unique Business, and a Distinctive Place

The Karoo is an elongated semi-desert area in the southwestern part of South Africa, made up of two zones. 

The ‘Klein’ (small) Karoo lies towards the coastal plateau, while the ‘Groot’ (great) Karoo lies inland on the northern side of a mountain range.
The Karoo covers almost one-third (395,000 square km) of South Africa, which is similar in size to Vietnam or 163% larger than the United Kingdom.

The Karoo derives its name from the original people who lived in these parts, the Khoi.
They aptly referred to the area as, Garo, a hard, dry, thirsty land.

The Karoo is represented in Karoo’s logo by the semi-desert colours – shales, browns and olive green – the orange sun, the windpump vanes and the ever-watchful Meerkat.
These are complimented by the original National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) font.

The Karoo and influential Leadership:

It is a challenging place – to survive and thrive requires self-awareness, courage, discipline, foresight,
hopefulness, purposefulness, resourcefulness and respect

A little goes a long way

It may seem lifeless, until you pay attention to the detail

There are no entitlements here – just responsibilities

Life is like a game of cards

Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her.
But once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide
how to play the cards in order to win the game.

At first encounter the Karoo may seem arid, desolate and unforgiving,
but to those who know it, it is a land of secret beauty
and infinite variety.

Eve Palmer

A note from Colin, Founder and CEO

There is a proverb that states:

Everything I’ve done until now, has led me to here!

Such a notion is perhaps the best way to describe my personal journey to conceive, design, write-up and
share influential Leadership.

Time and space have developed my sense of curiosity, a restless mind and body, and an irreverence for the orthodox and the establishment.  There have been formal and informal studies in various places, the consumption and experiences of books and ideas, the light and shadows from a variety of workplaces, the accumulation of an assortment of skillsets, fantastical travel-experiences, and the influence of the good, the bad and the ugly of humanity. 

All these currents of life have brought me to here – a real-world leadership practice and profession, fit for the 21st Century.

Influential Leadership is a product of a personal journey – it is tangible, practical, and characterful, while also founded on integrity.

if not now, when? if not you and me, who?

Life demands that we make choices, that we exercise our social agency to live our best lives possible, with others. Whatever you decide to do, right now, has consequences for you, and for others, for better, or not. Influential Leadership will equip you with a philosophy, the principles, and the behavioural attributes to succeed at each leadership Moment, for your better lived life.

Welcome to the influential Leadership journey!