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UKZN’s fourth-year Medical student, Mr Tumisang Malete, recently published what he refers to as his first of many books on leadership. The book, titled Leading in a Selfie Generation was officially launched on the 24th February and is available online,

Malete, who hails from Pretoria, refers to himself as an ‘unexpected’ leader. His leadership journey began at the tender age of 12 when he began to take on leadership roles in a number of organisations. He also took on leadership roles at UKZN including serving on the Medical Students Representative Council as secretary general and holding a chapter award for best all-rounder from Golden Key, Peer Educator Newcomer of the year and Peer Educator of the year. Malete is also on a founding team of two start-up companies.

‘I am passionate about leadership and believe in successors and servant leadership. One cannot discuss leadership without mentioning influence. Influence is a pillar of leadership that any leader striving to leave a legacy must master. In the age of selfies, one cannot underestimate the power of social media,’ said Malete.

Leading in a selfie generation is a book aimed at contextualising social media tools in the leadership sphere. Any individual wanting to be a leader or deems himself or herself a leader must capitalise on social media. Further to that any leader or aspiring leader must understand that social media is merely a platform and there is still a need to go beyond this in ensuring that one makes an impact,’ explained Malete.

The book aims to, in a practical and theoretical manner, change the way the reader looks at leadership in the current generation. It has four main headings mainly your biosketch which is a 140-character vision, the self in selfie, go beyond followers and friends and go beyond the hashtag.

A graduate of Pretoria Boy’s High school, Malete hopes to continue to improve his writing and leaderships skills by publishing more books and starting a leadership development programme. He also hopes to continue to make an impact within the University community and communities in his hometown.

‘We are a family of five at home which consists of my mother, father and two siblings. My aunt is also one of my biggest supporters as well as my parents. I believe I was born to inspire and make an impact. I am passionate about the growth of people which is also at the core of me sharing my story and thoughts through writing,’ commented Malete.

Dean and Head of the School of Clinical Medicine, Professor Ncoza Dlova was delighted to hear the news of Malete’s book. She remarked, ‘In my brief interaction with Medical students and registrars I have been blown away by the extent of talent within our colleagues. I have met authors, fine art artists, leaders, violinists, guitarists, pianists, musicians, entrepreneurs, intellectuals, mentors etc, and in my position as Dean it is my fervent wish to support the non-academic talent. I want to congratulate Tumisang and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.’

Words: MaryAnn Francis