The most recent Sunday Times Top Companies Leaders on the Move event, in association with Johnnie Walker, took place on the same day SA awoke to the news that respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan had been axed, plunging the country into an uncertain future. On an unusually sombre day, it was perhaps appropriate to have an in-depth and meaningful discussion about leadership. The first speaker of the day was entrepreneur Lebo Gunguluza, a Dragon investor on SA’s Dragon’s Den television show. He said that any position of leadership is tricky when you consider all the different stakeholders you need to satisfy. As an entrepreneur, he said, clients are essentially your employer, and the successful entrepreneur understands that he or she needs to ensure a good working relationship with even the most difficult client. But what happens when the client’s values don’t align with your own? Does profit trump values? It’s a difficult situation, said Gunguluza, but in instances where you are...

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