Graduate School of Business
and Leadership

Leadership Studies Empower Senior Project Manager

The unprecedented times brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, economic uncertainty, political instability, and social imbalances can make one despair.

However, Mr. Maxhegu Lukhele opted to empower himself with a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership which was awarded during UKZN’s Autumn Graduation Ceremonies.

Lukhele is a Senior Project Manager at Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Studies offered by UKZN’s Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) was a perfect solution for him as it caters to working professionals in organisational leadership positions who work in the dynamic complex environment of contemporary Africa and its transition agenda. It equips students with advanced theoretical knowledge in the area of institutional leadership, which enables critical reflection to contribute to their ongoing professional development. It also serves as a gateway to the Master of Commerce in Leadership Studies which Lukhele is currently pursuing through the GSB&L.

Drawing on the new knowledge gained from his studies, Lukhele recently managed and collaborated with project team members including professionals from different disciplines to facilitate and manage marine, commercial building, and civil project activities. This called for effective, efficient implementation of project management best practices that produced the expected deliverables within the constraints of scope, time, budget, quality, risk, and human resources. Internal and external stakeholders’ requirements and expectations were met and Lukhele received a TNPA Chief Executive Leadership Excellence award.

‘Completing the postgraduate diploma helped me to become a value creator with an ethically driven worldview and to appreciate both the opportunities and limitations of business in solving some of the world’s most pressing problems,’ said Lukhele.

He advises business leaders to consider postgraduate studies as a tool for professional development and an opportunity to consolidate and extend their leadership capabilities.

Proud of his recent achievement, he added: ‘I feel empowered and adequately prepared to understand the global business climate that is dynamic, multifaceted, and constantly changing. I also gained the analytical skills required to solve the problems that arise in today’s complex business world.’

Words: Hazel Langa

Photograph: Abhi Indarajan