Meet our Valentines Day Competition Winner – Dudu Phale

Dudu Phale
Statistics South Africa
Manager (ADAPT)

What is your background?

I am a professional with a Masters degree in Information Technology. My work experience includes Systems development, Project management, Systems analysis and design and ICT management.

What has been your biggest achievement in life?

In 2006 after the merger of Unisa and Technikon SA, myself and a colleague presented a paper on Methodologies used for the development of myUnisa in an open source environment during the Conference in Information Technology in Tertiary Education (CITTE2006). This helped me realise my capabilities and to believe in myself.

What do you think is the biggest challenge you face as a parent?

My biggest challenge is to see my daughter being better than I am, hence I always try to fix my own mistakes through her, I think sometimes I expect too much from her, which I don’t think that is fair but that is the truth.

Describe you management style?

I am an output driven person who doesn’t believe in micromanagement. I also believe in open communication whereby roles and responsibilities are clearly defined to minimise surprises. This allows people to perform at their best with the task at hand and finally to provide support by providing necessary tools/ resources for the best outcome.

What is your view on women empowerment?

I don’t think in this day and age we should be asking this question because whether you are a man or a woman should not be an issue. All people should be treated equally, which means we must all be awarded equal opportunities.

What are the secrets to your business success?

I don’t own a business per se however I would think listening/ learning from other people’s success or even failures  might give one an advantage because that might help you to improve on their strategies for your business success .

Is enough being done to encourage young leaders?

Maybe the question here should be what strategies are being used to identify different talents to ensure that people excel in what they’re doing.

Is a leader born or can leadership qualities be taught?

I think as much as leadership qualities can be taught leadership comes with your character.

Who would you regard as a good female role model?

My mother qualifies for this role. She really is a pillar of strength and is always there to listen.

Leaders or Readers-What are you currently reading?

Leadership and Women’s health magazines to mention a few. I spend a lot of time reading on the internet.

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