His unique expertise lies in the connection between human and business strategic issues. As such, he has acquired enormous experience – and renown – for facilitating strategy and leadership development of top South African and global companies.
Jonathan coaches high profile South African and international captains of industry, both as leaders and as team players.
He has an enviable reputation for working with highly powerful personalities and teams, across race and gender, in order to resolve conflict, align strategy and implement sustainable change.
Jonathan is widely regarded as a thought leader in the field of leadership development, organisational change and strategic choices.
With good reason.
He developed the Learner Leadership Concept to guide strategy and leadership development, resolve conflict and build leadership awareness skills and trust.
He is also recognised for his groundbreaking work in developing the impact and presence of experts who may not have formal authority in organisations, which he has termed Sideways Leadership. And he co-developed LifePi [LifePathInsight]. LifePi produces a report from a biographical questionnaire which develops awareness and responsibility in business leadership.
Jonathan’s expertise and reputation makes him an influential – and much sought-after – lecturer on a number of MBA Programmes. He lectures in the fields of leadership, change management, and organisational development.
Prior to founding YSA, Jonathan held several prestigious positions and board appointments within the South African and global offices of Gemini Consulting. He played a key role in the creation and marketing of the Leadership Development service offering for the global firm.
He has been on the faculty of the Wits Business School since 1995 and currently lectures on its MBA programme.
Before Gemini, Jonathan was the HR Director for the Pharmaceutical Division of Adcock Ingram, the leading pharmaceutical company. He was a member of the Executive Committee that returned the division to profitability.
Jonathan is the co-author of Smart Leadership, published by Wiley-Capstone, UK, and now in its second edition.
He is also a regular columnist in South Africa’s leading business newspaper, Business Day. His numerous articles deal with leadership and related issues. He is quoted at length by the press and electronic media.
Jonathan holds a Master of Management from the University of the Witwatersrand Graduate School of Business, Johannesburg, South Africa and a BA (Hons) in Psychology from Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.
Perhaps not surprisingly, he has been included in the International Who’s Who.