Informally defined the Governance refers to ensuring that the right people do the right things in the right way at the right time with the right autonomy with respect to Learning and Development in the organisation. More formally defined, governance entails ensuring and enabling the company to conduct its Leadership Development business in an ethical, legitimate, fair and credible manner. In the process the fine line between performance and conformance has to be maintained. This is about balancing legislative requirements (e.g. BEE scorecard requirement, skills development legislation) and the performance requirements of the organisation.

In our view sound Learning and Development governance needs to be based on at least the following governance principles:

  • Effective checks and balances on decision making and decisions
  • Socially responsible and ethical conduct
  • Acting with integrity
  • Acknowledging all stakeholders and treating them, individually and severally, in a fair, equitable and balanced manner
  • Transparency with respect to management actions and their impact
  • Taking responsibility and accountability for own actions
  • Acting in a stewardship manner with respect to the assets entrusted to its management
  • Reporting in a comprehensive and integrated manner on the value add, or otherwise of, the organisation’s actions and leadership’s decisions