ALLAN GRAY CENTRE FOR VALUES-BASED LEADERSHIP

Committed to inclusive societies and organisations through creating knowledge to dismantle systemic oppression and socio-economic inequality.

The Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership is dedicated to exploring new ways of doing business based on purpose, sustainability and responsible practices that create dignity and belonging. We ask difficult questions about the assumptions supporting our current business management models – specifically whether profit and shareholder value should continue to be the exclusive drivers of business, or whether values, purpose and meaning might be more effective drivers for the 21st Century.

QUICK FACTS
ESTABLISHED

2011

FIRST OF ITS KIND

Dedicated to exploring enriched ways of doing business in South Africa

FOCUS

On the individual and the organisation

FACULTY

5 dedicated academics

RESEARCH AND TEACHING
Research Focus

The Centre focuses on two core elements: The Individual and the Organisation.

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Research Supervision

Academics from the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership supervise international and local PhD theses; MBA dissertations; EMBA dissertations and Master’s degree dissertations.

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Postgraduate programmes and short courses

Faculty of the Allan Gray Centre teach on UCT GSB core and elective programmes and run an online course through GetSmarter.

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Publications

Faculty of the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership are widely published.

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EVENTS

The Allan Gray Speaker Series brings together individuals with an interest in re-scripting the orientation of South African organisations – to more closely reflect positive values which serve the common good, responsible leadership, embedding hope for the many and challenging the excesses and damage caused by self-serving decisions, actions and behaviours at all levels within business, government and civil society organisations.  Attend our upcoming events.

CONFERENCES

The Allan Gray Conference is a platform for local and international academics and practitioners to discuss and debate the values, challenges and successes, which individuals and organisations face in our modern world. The Conference, by way of high calibre presentations and panel discussion sessions, serves to enrich individuals, organisations and society through ideas that hopefully lead to purposeful and entrepreneurial action to serve the common good. 

OUR PEOPLE

MEET THE DIRECTOR

PROF. KURT APRIL, PhD FRSA

Professor Kurt April is the Allan Gray Chair, an Endowed Professorship, specialising in Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion in the Allan Gray Centre for Values-Based Leadership at the UCT GSB.

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THOUGHT LEADERSHIP
COVID-19

Great leaders are made in times of crises; who will step up?

The COVID-19 crisis is giving leaders everywhere a test of unimaginable proportions. Right now we need calm, agile and decisive people at the helm across all sectors to ensure that we survive and go on to thrive again - and President Ramaphosa is setting a good example.

Political Economy

More broken promises and unmet plans will not deliver the country we need

Ramaphosa has little room to manoeuvre, it’s true. But without bold leadership at this juncture, SA is on the road to nowhere.

Leadership & Ethics

Do we really need another hero?

The rise of the hero leader around the world – strongmen who promise to be able to rescue their followers from difficult circumstances – is driving a wedge between citizens and undermining democratic institutions.

Learning & Development

Q&A with Dr Babar Dharani on the secret to happy employees

Whether it’s chasing higher pay or finding a working environment to suit your personality type, what is it that keeps people happy at work?

VIDEOS ON VALUES-BASED LEADERSHIP