USB-ED is fortunate to have access to more than 300 part-time faculty, consultants, business leaders and industry experts who facilitate on our programmes.
Today we would like to introduce you to Anne-marie le Roux.
What is the toughest leadership challenge businesses face today?
Information overload with technology disrupters and economic, social and environmental concerns everywhere…. It is the best and the worst of times to lead in. I think the ability to make sense of all of this intellectually, and to still have the empathy to really connect with and inspire people, are all parts of the challenges leaders face.
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned from a student to date?
I learn something in every session! To experience the struggle between the anxiety of growth and the joy of discovery. It humbles me when students have life defining experiences in a session – for me the lesson is about doing the work needed to be your best and true self.
Who inspires you and why?
Good people making bad decisions – they make me want to do better!
What attracted you to work with USB-ED?
I am an alumna of USB-ED, so when Thys Pretorius, my ex-colleague from Woolworth asked if I could assist with a session, it was like coming home.
Do you have a mantra or slogan that you live by?
My screen saver is an oldie but a goody, ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’… easier said than done.
What career advice would you give yourself looking back to when you started out?
Yes, just do it!
Tell us about a book you have recently read?
I currently prefer shorter pieces to read or watch like blogs and articles or vlogs. If something interests me I usually go for an audiobook through audible.com. I am currently toggling between ‘Practical Ethics’ by Peter Singer an older one, ‘The better Angels of our Nature’ by Steven Pinker. I find their perspectives very interesting.