Mathibedi Leadership Academy was established in 2014 however it was officially registered in 2018. The founder, Mathibedi-wa-Medupe observed that there is a gap within communities concerning the development and diffusion of leadership skills in totality, particularly within the education system.
All stakeholders within the education sector are not entirely provided with the leadership skills which will assist them to excel in their frame of work. In general, the training that is provided to them doesn’t necessarily address issues that will succour them in their respective communities.
There is a thin line between leadership skills and processes and procedures. Mathibedi Leadership Academy is an initiative of overcoming the thin line as much as possible, as well as to focus and address issues, systems, processes, procedures which are mostly over looked as a result of competence and compliance.
Moreover, through a series of sessions (individual or groups), MLA intendsto assist individuals to focus on the inner being, unleash the leadership potential and nurture the talents that each and every individual has. It is then that each individual will RISE (Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence) from a LEARNER TODAY to a LEADER FOREVER.
Mathibedi is goal orientated and has an in-depth knowledge of systems, policies andprocesses within the education sector. He has played an intricate role in thedevelopment of many teachers, learners, students throughout his career, particularly through various provincial & national teaching and learning programs whichincludes KhulaNathi Foundation, iSabelo Learning & ARMSCOR Mathematics &Science Learner Development Program. Moreover, he was involved in theJohannesburg Region ESKOM Expo for young scientists, as a convenor for thechemistry section for five years.
At this academy, we show the pupils the road does not end for them if they are not academic performers. We show them they can work on their stronger skills and develop them.
“Behind every individual there’s someone who sharpened their life for the better, it would be impossible to count all the ways that you’ve helped me shape my career through your leadership.
Not only have you been a fantastic leader, but you have taught me how to lead other people, I want to thank you for opening my eyes to new stages of opportunity and strength.
Your leadership and example have helped me grow into my potential, you have constantly maintained strong business ethics while keeping a smile on your face and those people around you You dedicated your life to the service of humanity.
Thank you for showing me how to stand my ground and have the kind of career that I can be proud of.
Accept my heartfelt gratitude for your time, support and patience.
I only hope I can return the favour sometime in future.”
Brief testimony about your experience as a leader under Mr Medupi`s mentorship
“I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a leader at Seshegong under the mentorship of Mr Medupi during my high school years. Having Mr Medupi as a mentor has helped me in infinite ways, especially with shaping me into the person I am today! He has always been welcoming as well as making it easier to enjoy the atmosphere. I was able to work alongside some of the most dedicated and wonderful people as well as had the privilege of meeting them all, because of him. His mentorship is more ‘’than just a job’’ because not only did I assist with order and decency at school but I also gained more confidence in myself and understanding what it means to be a leader. I learnt many new things spanning from different cultures, attributes, to refining my leadership skills. Mr Medupi has went an extra mile in making sure we become well-groomed leaders both in school as well as in the community at large that is from organising in-house training for us to making certain we merge with Sutherlands Leadership camps (Desert walks). My mentor has contributed to my life and I am thankful for theopportunities that have been helpful, knowledgeable, and caring throughout my time at Seshegong.”
In addition, please share how the experience assisted you after matric, even to date.
“Moreover, I would like to extend my gratitude by saying the experience has helped me on how I need to step out and have the courage to stand up for what is right. Also, it taught me that I need to genuinely start caring and making an effort to invest and make a difference in other people’s lives. Being a leader has done more than just teach me how to analyse and make decisions however, it has built my confidence to a whole new level. I always used to second guess myself but by being the decision maker, I believe the decisions I made make are well articulated. I am assertive in what I have learnt and my ability to do my job. I always have a constant reminder going through my head that is “if you couldn't do this, you wouldn't have gotten it”. Always that mantra of mine is what kept me focused even when I failed and thought tomorrow was bleak. If someone else had to have confidence in me, I have to have confidence in myself, else I will fail. This is all being evident in my career and how I tackle problems as a young adult.”