Mkhiwa Trust: Contextualizing a Couple’s Servant Leadership
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On June 30, 2018, the founders of Mkhiwa Trust, Johannesburg, South Africa, considered their dilemma of deepening their impact in South Africa, using education as a key vehicle to bring about systemic change. The case highlights the evolution of their mutual support throughout their careers. The tragic death of their young son had far-reaching implications for the couple and their business interests, their career aspirations and the focus of many of their future business and philanthropic initiatives. It also defined a number of choices taken by the couple since then. The story of these individual leaders, who support each other in their businesses, illustrates the power of a couple as servant leaders.
This case is suitable for graduate-level organizational behaviour courses. By working through the case and assignment questions students will be able to:
- Understand servant leadership and the application of the construct in entrepreneurial businesses.
- Analyze business solutions to ascertain whether they are adhering to shared value principles.
- Understand the strength of a partnership in advancing careers and businesses.
- Gain an understanding of contextual variables to deepen understanding of the circumstances that create values of service.
South Africa, Small, 2018
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