Building leadership capacity at Lithon

Lithon’s purpose has always been clear – to make a positive and significant impact on the lives of people. And while this intention is visible in the work we do and the impact it has on communities, it’s equally important to us that we live out this purpose within Lithon itself. 

 

That’s why we focus on building leadership capacity in our people and encourage them to understand their purpose and develop their potential. This practice has long been part of our company culture, but we decided to formalise it in 2019 with the launch of an internal leadership programme.

 

Designed by Lithon Operational Director Gert Maritz, the programme focuses not only on career growth but also on personal development. It’s open to all staff members and aims to “develop a loyal, committed, healthy and motivated professional workforce.” Here’s a closer look at four of its foundational pillars.

 

“Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” – Tom Peters

 

Culture building

Building a strong company culture is what really makes a difference, and we want to ensure that ours reflects and encompasses Lithon’s vision, values and beliefs. To help develop our company culture, we have regular activities and events that focus on vision casting, values awareness and more.

 

Career development plan

We take a holistic approach to career development – each staff member has a development plan that encompasses their career growth goals, their personal goals (in terms of family, finances, fitness, etc.) as well as skills development and habits. 

 

Team alignment

We encourage our teams to read and discuss selected business books together and provide opportunities for our staff to attend breakaways and seminars. These times together help to build team cohesion and enable us to share and discuss specific company strategies. 

 

Coaching and mentoring

We believe that mentorship is an integral part of good leadership, and we encourage our staff to share their skills, knowledge and experience through relationships and active coaching. Each Lithon staff member has a mentor within the company who they meet with monthly – and we see the benefits of these relationships not only in employee growth and development but also in length of service.

 

“The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.” 

– John C. Maxwell