Female leaders take lessons from women icons
firstname.lastname@example.org THE spirit of Charlotte MannyaMaxeke was reincarnated as women leaders took part in a dialogue in her memory at Freedom Park yesterday.
The dialogue, led by Dr Brigalia Bam, was hosted by the Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute in partnership with Freedom Park and the National Heritage Council.
ANC Women’s League leader Bathabile Dlamini was among those in attendance.
The dialogue featured prominent women and men in conversation on the lessons imparted by women icons and how they could turn those teachings into practical solutions.
Organisers said the initiative was hugely influenced by and echoed Mannya-Maxeke’s words. They referred to her quote: “This work is not for yourselves; kill that spirit of self, and do not live above your people, but live with them and if you can rise, bring someone with you.”
The message to those in attendance was that to be a good female leader, one needed humanity and respect.
Bam told attendees it was fascinating being a woman leader, which came with a lot of challenges.
“As a female leader, you have to affirm yourself first because whenever you are in authority or leading, you are not trying to be a man. Be yourself and don’t be fake.
“The leaders we talk about today had fear for God. The leaders I know and the ones I’ve followed had humanity and you also need to have respect. I want to tell you something; mama Albertina Sisulu had respect for people, which is what someone who is a leader needs.”
Mannya-Maxeke was the first black woman to graduate and have a BSc degree in Southern Africa in 1901.
Dr Brigalia Bam leads a dialogue in memory of Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke in Freedom Park in the city yesterday.