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Your Leadership Footprint – How will you be remembered?

Local Keynote Speaker at the 2023 Virtual ACSG Conference

on 16 March 2023 from 09:30 - 10:30


This presentation will include key thoughts on leadership insights that emanate from my book, “Your Leadership Footprint.”

Leadership seems deceptively simple to explain, yet in its essence, it is multifaceted and complex.

This practical handbook for leaders is structured around a series of key themes and thought-provoking reflective questions. The key themes cover:


* Self-Awareness as a leader

* Leading change and talent

* Thinking strategically and stakeholders

* Enabling execution and driving results


Reflective questions are one thing, but being deliberate and intentional about taking action could be the critical trigger required to drive a paradigm shift in your leadership journey.

Selected observations on leadership impact and executive effectiveness from the insights to the reflective questions:

  • Living a balanced life

  • Your plan for significance

  • The importance of always being authentic and human

  • How you show up as a leader

  • Creating quality thinking time

  • Asking powerful questions

  • Being deliberate, intentional, and taking action

  • Focusing on what really matters and owning the narrative

  • Unlocking the potential and discretionary energy of others

  • Being an enabler for the whole ecosystem to flourish

  • Working on the business, versus working in the business, and knowing when to be where.

Dave van der Merwe was born in the Karoo and was raised in Nelspruit, South Africa. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant and works in the management consulting industry. Dave’s passion is leadership development and driving executive effectiveness. This passion is closely linked to his life purpose of making a difference in the lives of others, and more specifically developing the leaders of the future.


Dave has extensive work experience:

  • He spent 20 years in the construction industry, mostly with Murray & Roberts, in a wide variety of roles;

  • A significant career milestone at Murray & Roberts was being a support director for the construction of the Gautrain civils construction;

  • He has also spent more than 12 years in management consulting, mostly with Deloitte Consulting, where he worked on a variety of projects for large global multi-national companies; and

  • Dave is currently with MAC Consulting serving clients, with a strong focus on leadership impact, executive effectiveness and business transformation.


Dave's interests are broad and varied including: writing; travel; bird watching; photography; camping; spending time in the Kruger National Park; cooking; fly-fishing; reading; walking and playing golf. Dave and his wife Esmé also lead a Life Group for their local church and they run a small annual charity event to support underprivileged orphans.


Dave is the published author of “Your Leadership Footprint” in which he shares his insights on leadership effectiveness. He is also the self-published author of 3 fiction novels under the pen name of David Vander.

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