In this insightful episode of the Find Your Leadership Confidence Podcast, host Vicki Noethling engages in a captivating conversation with Roberta Ndlela, a seasoned professional hailing from the Zulu tribe in South Africa. Rooted in the philosophy of ‘Ubuntu,’ meaning humanity – ‘I am because you are,’ Roberta draws on her 15-year corporate career to emphasize the limitations of technical skills in career progression. The episode explores the theme of “Why the Smartest Don’t Get Promoted,” shedding light on the indispensability of soft skills for career success.
Throughout the interview, Roberta shares her journey and highlights the significance of communication skills in leadership. Drawing from her experience working in diverse project teams, she underscores the importance of collaboration and visionary skills in leading varied professionals effectively. The discussion delves into the impact of cultural diversity in the workplace, emphasizing that leaders can no longer rely on traditional approaches.
The episode features engaging questions and answers, including insights into Roberta’s journey, the crucial role of communication skills, advice on avoiding conflicts arising from miscommunication, and the major influencers in her life. The conversation concludes with a rapid-fire round, touching upon Roberta’s focus on helping females and her future plans.
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