Interview with Priscillah Mabelane, Executive Vice President for Energy Business at Sasol – New Leadership Challenges

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In this conversation Dr Claudelle and Priscillah Mabelane explore the challenges leaders face in a fast-changing world and the leadership skills that have become non-negotiable. Priscillah provides insights into how she is navigating the new world and the characteristics that have helped her to ascend to the important role she fulfils today. She gives an honest account of areas where leaders have to challenge themselves in how they are contributing to their organisations and society as a whole. They also touch on the very important concept of ethical leadership and courage.

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Silent collusions, groupthink and unbridled power

The word ‘collusion’ has its roots in Latin. The Latin prefix col-, meaning “together,” and the verb ludere, “to play,” come together to form collude. The related noun collude has the specific meaning “secret agreement or cooperation.” (Mirriam Webster dictionary). The Collins dictionary defines collusion as “to act together through a secret understanding, esp. with evil or harmful intent”.

On the face of it, it seems clear that there would need to be a conversation of sorts to reach an agreement to cooperate. The question that is plaguing me however is whether the need for a verbal conversation or written agreement is necessary to enter a collusion. Could you have two or more players playing together without any meeting, secret or not, and without a verbal or written agreement to cooperate?

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