Prof a finalist for boss award

2010-10-06 00:00

PROFESSOR Sabiha Essack of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Faculty of Health Sciences, who has been nominated as one of the six finalists for the Boss of the Year Award, believes a good boss knows the value of teamwork and formally recognises and appreciates the contribution of each team member.

Said Essack, “Being a good boss does not mean one has to be grumpy and aggressive. He or she positively transforms the work environment and brings about positive change and development in his or her co-workers. Being the best boss is not a popularity contest. Instead of trying to get all the people to like you all the time, rather gain their respect by doing the right things right.”

The overall winner will be announced at a gala banquet on October 15, which is also National Bosses Day, at the Sandton Convention Centre, Gauteng. The winner gets a Jaguar to drive for six months, a trip on the Blue Train for two, a Sheaffer pen set, artwork by renowned artist Estelle Botha, a R4 000 voucher from Arthur Kaplan, hampers from Aramis, Stabilo, Hugo Boss, a platinum card and a weekend car hire from Europcar.

The head of MTN South African Foundation, Eunice Maluleke, said: “This award is about leadership in the workplace, but more than that it is about looking for heroes — many of them unsung heroes and heroines found in organisations everywhere. By providing opportunities for them to become known and rewarded, it is creating a new kind of hero and role model.”

During the gala banquet, all six finalists will be required to deliver an impromptu speech as part of the panel interview.

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