Invictus is a poem by William Ernest Henley (1849-1903).
Invictus is also the title of a 2009 movie which depicted Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) reading the poem often while in prison. It was one way for him to stay strong and hold on to his beliefs. As you read the words of the poem, you will understand how appropriate they were for Mandela. But long before the movie, the poem had greatly inspired us especially during the tough years when we grappled with the struggles and fears we faced in nurturing our organisation to become Invictus Leader today.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
Nelson Mandela with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team when they won the Rugby World Cup in 1995 (Photo credit: www.worldrugby.com)
About Invictus Leader
Back in 1990, a group of friends with backgrounds from IT, Finance and Chartered Secretaryship, together with entrepreneurs, business owners and lecturers from private universities, decided to set up a company to impart their knowledge, experiences and skills to the corporate industry. We incorporated a company under the name, Impart Consulting Group. The 17 of us came from different walks of life and different ethnic and religious backgrounds from 7 countries.
Initially, we had no experience in consulting and corporate training in the areas of leadership and management. Our own experience and our friendship to work together pulled us through over the years. Some of the core team members are no longer with us, but they still contribute.
Although times were tough during the financial crisis in the late 1990’s, one of the founding members held on to the company through sheer conviction, determination and passion instead of giving up. The name of the company was thus changed to “Invictus”, which means “unconquerable” in Latin.
We wanted to be different. We did not want to be just another training or consulting company. And so we became different. We boldly challenged the status quo. We questioned mainstream training and consulting companies about what they were doing. We realised that the way adults had been taught and how they had been learning were simply not effective.
Invictus Leader’s experience in leadership development for more than two decades has revealed that the industry’s development methodologies all this while have hardly evolved and are largely irrelevant today.
The environment in which we operate has become a much more complex system that is increasingly difficult to manage, filled with countless interacting elements as well as highly ambiguous and incomplete information. Interactions among the system’s elements are nonlinear and so tightly coupled that even a small change can produce disproportionately large repercussions.
That is why we believe that solutions should emerge from the dynamics within the system itself. It would be presumptuous to impose solutions from outside the system and yet expect those solutions to be effective enough to produce the level of results we desire or predict. Hindsight does not necessarily lead to foresight since the elements and conditions of the system are in continual flux.
We understand that organisations nowadays face a barrage of challenges: Information overload, interconnectedness of systems and business communities, dissolution of traditional organisational boundaries, new technologies that disrupt old work practices, different values and expectations of new generations entering the workplace, increased globalisation leading to the need to lead across cultures. To address such seemingly insurmountable challenges, Invictus Leader has been “Breaking New Frontiers in Leadership Thinking and Performance”.
As we re-examined the conventional teachings of leadership and management, one of the bold principles we have started sharing and teaching is that Leadership Is Not Influence. Today in 2018 after 25 years, we can proudly state that our services have been engaged by 8,793 organisations in 32 countries, participated by 321,546 professionals.
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
We develop Leaders…Leaders develop Leaders…Leaders lead Companies.
ABOUT INVICTUS LEADER
Whether you are a CEO, MD, GM, head of department, manager, entrepreneur or even a leader without a title, we can work with you as your trusted thought partner in your journey to success. We challenge you to think, believe and lead in ways that you may have never dared explore before.
INVICTUS INTELLECT LEADERSHIP™
Invictus Intellect Leadership™ is the infusion of Mindful Leadership, Intellect Thinking, Opposable Mind and Strategic Thinking. It is the ability of leaders to hold in their minds several opposing ideas at once. And then without losing their EQ or simply settling for a single alternative, these leaders are able to creatively resolve the tension between those opposing ideas by generating a new one that contains elements of the others but is superior to all. In this way, Invictus Intellect Leadership™ advocates a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset.