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The 2010 event where title was conferred:
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Boss of the Year 2010 Titlebearer announced

The 2010 Boss of the Year titlebearer is Lerato Mosiah, General Manager of Healthcare at Afrox, SA’s leading gasses and welding product’s company.

Lerato, who began her career as a medical sales representative in 1995, holds several science degrees as well as a GIBS MBA. Her training included completing her pharmacy internship at the Florence Nightingale Hospital.

Lerato’s attitude toward leadership is refreshing and honest: “ When faced with challenges, you must always have an open mind and you must tell yourself that you will never know everything all the time.

“If things don’t turn out the way I expect, I do some introspection...and...it’s a lesson again...one of the traits as a leader is to always, always make sure that you take in lessons.”

This flexibility and recognition of others’ opinions and strengths resulted in her nomination for Boss of the year 2010 by employee Jenny Young who says:  “Lerato really cares for her staff.  She is a real people’s person who motivates, rewards, finds solutions and backs up her staff.

“Our department has a great diversity of people and she treats all the same; she respects each person and has no favourites.  She is a great listener and takes everyone’s opinion into consideration.”

Lerato says her greatest achievement as a leader has been to create a sparkle in the eyes of her team: “The biggest thing really has just been to see them grow, to see myself making a difference in their lives.

“... to see people’s eyes sparkle, because they always want to be at work, and simply because I’ve made an effort to listen to people, I collaborate well with the team...I give them the right to be who they are, and to grow into who they are.”

Lerato is also a strong believer in giving back to the community and volunteers as an Orientation Leader for First Year students at theUniversity of North West.

MTN SA Foundation is the patron and main sponsor of this prestigious Award, which celebrates its 21st anniversary in 2010, and is widely acknowledged and lauded for the role it plays in identifying and developing workplace leadership in SA.

Eunice Maluleke, Head of MTN SA Foundation, says: “As a progressive and
innovative organisation, MTN SA Foundation would like to play a leading role in acknowledging and celebrating leadership excellence in South Africa.

“We need great business leaders with vision, who can articulate thatvision, passionately own it and drive it to completion.  Without passion, the position of leadership is meaningless.  And passionate leaders inspire others to strive for more and achieve more; they inspire confidence and success in their peers and colleagues.

“Good leaders make people feel that they are at the very heart of the success of the organisation; that they make an essential difference.  When that happens, people grow and deliver and go on to inspire others.”

Born in Meadowlands, Soweto, and now based in Gauteng with her family, Lerato unwinds from the stresses of corporate life with a game of golf on the green fairway; tinkling on the piano; swimming or listening to music.  Spirituality plays an equally important role in her daily life and she finds that reading and travelling also aid in bringing balance to her life.   

Her greatest personal challenge? Learning to swim....but she is expecting her first baby and so that challenge may soon be overtaken.

She is inspired by her own boss whom she describes as a great communicator, but her other role model is Condoleza Rice who was the Secretary of State in the previous US Government administration: “ She is a lady, and grew up in a home that placed strong values on education and discipline.

Says Lerato, “I’m happy to say that I have a great team to work with; It’s easy to lead them! As much as I make it my job to inspire and motivate, I also inculcate the values of hard work and discipline.  For me, as a leader, discipline plays a big part in my life.”

Apart from the honour of being rated amongst the best bosses in South Africa, the recipient of the award and his/her nominator, as well as all the finalists and their nominators will receive prizes from an A-list of sponsors.

Sponsors of the Boss of the Year® Award are:  MTN SA Foundation as patron and main sponsor and Stabilo as Founder Sponsor.  Prize-givers are; Aramis and Designer Fragrances; Arthur Kaplan Jewellers; The Blue Train; Paintings courtesy of  Die Kunshuis Clanwilliam;  Europcar, Hugo Boss, Jaguar SA and Sheaffer Pens.

The 2009 event where title was conferred:
on Flickr
on You Tube

The 2009 Boss of the Year titlebearer, AngloGold Ashanti GM for the Great Noligwa mine in the Free State lan Heyns, has set new standards in mining safety and gained the respect and admiration of mineworkers – all in the space of just 15 months.

In the short time since Ian was appointed GM at AngloGold, he has managed to cultivate a participatory working environment with great emphasis on safety results and he has become an inspiration and motivating force for all employees.

The prestigious Boss of the Year Award is about leadership in the workplace. The ultimate measure of a true leader comes not in easy times, but at times of challenge. The leaders who have emerged from this year’s awards have all been able to guide their teams through tough economic times and inspire them to think beyond today’s circumstances and to plan for future successes.

When told that he was one of only six finalists, Heyns said: "This is such a milestone achievement, because the nomination comes directly from your people and is indicative of how your employees perceive your managerial skills. Just to be nominated makes me feel extremely proud - of the mine and what it means for the company.”

Originally a teacher, Heyns has held the GM position at Great Noligwa for 15 months, but joined AngloGold in 1986 - 23 years ago this month. Prior to his current position, he headed up human resources for the company's Africa operations: "I decided to take the position (of General Manager), looking for the opportunity to grow my managerial skills. I already feel that this position and my role have superseded my own expectations.”

Heyns made the move from Johannesburg and a corporate life to a small mining town without any technical background or mining experience and has managed to turn the mine around in a short space of time, while demonstrating great respect for his employees.

One of the oldest SA mines, Great Noligwa requires a workforce of 4700 employees on average and Heyns set out to uplift certain aspects of the mine when he was appointed: "The mine's safety statistics are something we are really proud of, particularly because we recently celebrated two million fatality-free shifts."

Heyns has also spent a lot of time on work wellness; understanding why people want to be at work and has been engaging with workers to make a difference at the mine.

Patron and main sponsor of the award, MTN SA Foundation head Eunice Maluleke, recognised the huge difference Heyns has made in the lives of ordinary workers: “As leaders we are largely responsible for shaping people’s lives and providing them with a reason to get up in the morning; we need to be accountable for our actions.

“The genius of the African leadership tradition lies in our interconnectedness; our leadership style finds expression in a form of participative leadership that cultivates good relationships, co-operation and constructive group membership. True African leaders, need to build organizations that have creative co-operation, consensus, teamwork, as well as reciprocal value-based obligation as cornerstones.”

An avid reader, fisherman and golfer, Ian has been described as having a great passion for people, focusing on employee growth, business efficiency and building the mine despite the numerous challenges facing the mining sector.

He is married to Cheryl and has two children, Erin (22) and Nicholas (19).

In her nomination, Denise McAuley says: “It took enormous courage for Ian to make the move from Johannesburg and a corporate life to a mining town and to take up a post as head of a mine without the technical background or mining expertise.

“Despite this, he has turned the mine around and it is attributable to his people skills. He is a great communicator who puts himself in direct touch with individuals and thus creates a vehicle for participation in attaining organisational goals and visions. His door is always open but he gets out there and talks his vision.”

Apart from the coveted trophy, the title bearer and nominator will be showered with prizes ranging from exotic holidays for two, paintings, and many more. The sponsors are: MTN Foundation as patron and main sponsor, Stabilo as Founder Sponsor, Sheaffer, Aramis and Designer Fragrances; Europcar, Hugo Boss Sandton City, The Blue Train, Montecasino Conferences and Events, Die Kunshuis Clanwilliam (Paintings by Pieter Pienaar and Cornelia Holm); Décor Mecahnics and the title bearer will be driving a Jaguar for six months, courtesy of Jaguar South Africa.





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