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Leadership Development Methodology

Partners for Possibility is an innovation in the field of Leadership Development. International research has shown that the most powerful and effective leadership development processes are those where leaders are taken out of their comfort zones and given difficult challenges to grapple with.

An added benefit of the PfP Leadership Development process is that all participants who fulfil the requirements of the programme receive a Certificate from the University of the Western Cape’s School of Business and Finance, which is formally recognised in terms of South Africa’s National Qualifications Framework.


The Partners for Possibility World-Class Leadership Development Programme has many aspects. The hierarchy of impact shows the impact of these different aspects (eg. Content delivery has the least impact on the development of a leader but is necessary for the overall process).

PfP encapsulates all these aspects in a coherent & carefully-designed process.  All aspects contribute to the individual PfP’s leadership development journey.

1: Content Delivery – This consists of books and training the PfP’s receive, which take place as our Time to Think, Learning the Art of Community Building and Flawless Consulting courses. The PfP’s are initially engaged on the level of the mind and then with experiential learning as they prepare for their PfP journey.

2: Experiential Processes – Learning through experiencing. Structured learning processes and practices take place to give the PfP’s the embodied experience and not just the content of the training received. Through this they gain better insight and personal perspective on how to implement the skills learned.

3: Action Learning – This is learning that happens on a grass-roots level: at the school and within the community. Through grappling together with real life challenges, the PfP’s learn what is needed at the school itself. Together they design actionable objectives (Partnership Plan) and timelines that are reviewed every 3 months. The school’s stakeholders are actively engaged in this leadership process. Ongoing Monitoring and Evaluation process takes place throughout the year on the PfP Programme and measures the progress of the partnership.

4: Coaching – Supporting and guiding the PfP’s as individuals, using the PfP process. The PfP’s are encouraged to apply what has been learned on the courses. This 1-on-1 support is offered by an experienced Learning Process Facilitator and it is customised and tailored to meet the personal requirements of the business partners and principals.

5: Learning Community – Regular Community of Practice (CoP) sessions take place every 6 weeks in which the entire Leadership Circle (LC) - consisting of 8 – 10 Partnerships for Possibility – meet at a different school within the LC. This exposes PfP’s to different school environments and allows for cross-learning, co-learning, co-action and sharing, amongst the PfP’s, and facilitates alternative ways of learning together.

6: Learning Journey – Is a process of discovery that is unfolding and deepening over time. It refines itself and develops naturally: individually, in their partnerships and collectively. There’s a deepening of insights and learning that takes place throughout the entire one year PfP experience.

7: Reflection and Sense-making – As the PfP’s move along the journey they are journaling and preparing their Portfolio of Evidence (They may also choose to receive NQF6 accreditation for their PfP participation). This process invites self-reflecting and making sense and meaning of the learning and leadership experience. Through this immersive experience purpose and meaning starts emerging.

8: Out of Comfort Zone –The PfP Programme is designed to take the PfP’s out of their comfort zones with real-life engagement with unfamiliar people, schools and communities. The PfP Programme unearths their willingness to learn and to push themselves beyond their own personal boundaries as they commit time, energy and invest of themselves personally in the process.

9: Meaning and Purpose – Through the on-going reflection and self-awareness the PfP’s find purpose. An emerging and development process is taking place within themselves and this leads to an ever-deepening self-discovery and development of their latent potential.

Download/View the Aspects of Leadership Development Process document here

Download/View the Leadership Development and Principal Support Brochure


Others who support Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development (FIELD)

 Phil Mirvis  

Harvard Business School





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