I recently had the privilege of joining Carel Nolte as a guest speaker at the MAD Leadership Seminar. We spoke to a group of students at Protea Hotel Marriott Stellenbosch about leadership and the role social media plays. Even though we were billed as the experts, I left feeling like I was the one who had been educated.

It was clear that not only South Africa, but the world, is lacking true leadership. More than ever we need to start developing leaders. This means creating opportunities to further educate, travel and learn. It means creating time to mentor and share with the youth, and this is exactly what the MAD Leadership Foundation does.

Part of its work is awarding scholarships to students in a number of subjects. Application for 2018 scholarships is now open to learners in grades 7 to 12. Applications are open till 31 July 2017.

I first became a fan of MAD Leadership Foundation after following Rob Saffa’s journey when he ran MAD2Run, a relay run from Joburg to Cape Town over seven days.

Take a look at my MAD colleagues Kurt Solomon and Allan Bader as they go from PHAT 2 FIT to Make A Difference.

We are all leaders and our actions do make a difference. It’s our duty to make these actions count.

Have a look at the thank-you note from the MAD Leadership Foundation to find out more about the event and its objectives.