Stewardship is one of the most important responsibilities of leaders. It is a concept that was lost on former president Jacob Zuma. As such, President Cyril Ramaphosa inherited a burning platform which immediately demanded that he leads his cabinet in the execution of a turnaround strategy for South Africa Incorporated (SA Inc). This was the logical course of action for him and remains an unenviable task for any leader, particularly when turning around the fortunes of a country. We are encouraged to see our president continuing to wear his trademark smile despite the challenges. Every successful turnaround follows specific steps which can be applicable in any scenario, be it business or government. The first step is to focus on understanding the problem. Ramaphosa was SA's deputy president - he had a prime seat at the table to watch the wrecking ball that was his boss. He understood the mess that had been created. The second step is to develop and communicate a compelling vision. Wh...

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