Investec Group Executive Fani Titi and GIBS Dean Professor Morris Mthombeni

07 Nov 2023

Fani Titi on leading with courage

Investec Group Chief Executive Fani Titi reflects on his leadership journey and what it would take to steer the South African economy in the right direction. He was in conversation with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Dean Professor Morris Mthombeni and the two focused on the topic of "leadership in uncertain times".

Fani Titi, Investec Group Chief Executive
Fani Titi, Investec Group Chief Executive

I've made many mistakes and I've failed a few times, but the deep and burning desire to be successful, to make a contribution, and to have impact is what gets you to stand up.

Conversation highlights

  • Leadership journey


    “Luck plays a great role in life. Of course, you have to work hard, as Gary Player says, to be luckier. You have to be prepared and roll up your sleeves,  and you are going to fall from time to time. I've made many mistakes and I've failed a few times, but the deep and burning desire to be successful, to make a contribution, and to have impact is what gets you to stand up."

  • An inclusive economic model

    "Our country has not done well with respect to its ability to generate dignity. And you generate dignity through providing an opportunity for people to work. So the number one priority for the country should be an economic model that produces the highest number of jobs. Nobody likes the indignity of begging and the indignity of waiting for a grant at the end of the year."

  • Importance of mentorship

    "Mentorship is important, just having somebody that you can talk to. The best mentors listen and they ask questions and you make your own decisions."

  • South Africa's trajectory

    "We have to get to a point where we know we are on a burning platform and we have to do something and do it urgently. Our current leaders don't act like we're on a burning platform and that the fire is coming towards us. So as  individuals and business people, we try every single day to douse the fire, to see rays of hope as we go."

Fani Titi in Acumen magazine
What does effective leadership look like in these uncertain times?

Fani Titi joined Neal Froneman, CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater and Nick Binedell, strategy professor and founding director of GIBS, for an interview in Gibs' Acumen magazine.

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