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What Is Leadership Excellence?

Effective leadership requires a fundamental shift in the traditional approach to management and has a critical effect on team excellence. The original research conducted by Etsko Schuitema, in the 1980s, demonstrated that effective leadership is essentially tied up with the issue of employee trust in management.

When investigating the conditions of employee trust, Schuitema discovered the two criteria that need to be met in order for employees to trust leadership. These two criteria are Care & Growth™. Employees grant their loyalty, trust, and commitment to leaders who Care sincerely for them and give them an opportunity to Grow. This is the Care & Growth™ leadership model.


Care & Growth™ is the price leadership must pay to earn the loyalty, trust, and commitment of their people. At Schuitema Group, we help leaders understand these principles and help them understand how these principles are to be pragmatically applied.

Intent to Care & Grow subordinates

Leadership Excellence diagram

We enable leadership transformations in our client organisations by using the three-step approach


Establishing the criteria for healthy leadership.


Diagnosing leaders, both individually and collectively, against those criteria.


Remediating to address any leadership and organisation shortcomings.

What Are The Benefits Of Leadership Excellence?

Organisations succeed based on the degree to which they solicit the intent of the average employee to make a contribution. The most significant variable to elicit this intent is effective leadership. When employees work for people who care for them sincerely and give them an opportunity to grow, they commit and grant the leader their loyalty and trust and give the leader the right to tell them what to do.


How we work consists of four main pillars within Leadership Excellence:

Transformational Diagnostics

Our approach is holistic and can assist you in understanding what is going on within your organisation and how this is translating into the customers brand experience. We assist you in finding the What, Where, Why and the consequences of these variables.

The tools that we use to do this include the following:

  • Leader Audits – Leadership Audit, 360 Audit
  • Leadership Diagnostic
  • Culture Surveys – People Wellness Survey, Climate Survey
  • Systems & Process Audits – Control Systems Audit, People Practices Audit
  • Organistional Diagnostic
effective leadership training event


We run workshops for those in leadership positions to establish a deep understanding of the Care & Growth™ Model and its effective application in the workplace. We use both Introductory Workshops and Application Modules to train leaders within your organisation.


By adhering to a formalised coaching process for individuals and/or groups, we are able to work on three levels – addressing immediate concerns, developing competence and finally, transformational change. We coach both individuals and teams based on what your organisation requires.


Schuitema Group has a variety of consulting services available to assist client organisations to better establish the organisational context in which Care & Growth™ and the Intent Thematic can flourish, and the organisation can produce exceptional people who do exceptional work.

We work collaboratively with you to create the right programme that will address your internal and external requirements, enabling your organisation to flourish.

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