Who We Are
Take the Lead – living well, ageing well, is a consultancy focusing on leadership development and capacity building in the care sector. It offers individual and group leadership development, and training on healthy ageing.
Launched in February 2018 to meet a need for advocacy and training around healthy ageing, Take the Lead is being proactive in terms of the World Health Organisation’s declaration of a Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030.
With a lifetime career in ageing behind her, inspiring and developing potential in those working in the care sector, Margie Chapman has in 2018 embarked on her encore career, by founding Take the Lead, continuing to contribute in a valuable way to the aged care sector.
Take the Lead is also the supplier of a Mobility Station for Elders, enabling elders in care homes to keep physically active for as long as possible.
Popular Leadership Quotes
“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way”
“Leadership and learning are indispensible to each other”
“Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion”
“Let me define a leader. He must have a vision and passion and not be afraid of any problem. Instead, he should know how to defeat it. Most importantly, he must work with integrity. ”
“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority”
“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”
“If your actions inspire other to dream more, do more, and become more, you are the leader.”
“The more you inspire, the more people will inspire you.”
“A true leader is one who is humble enough to admit their mistakes.”
“The task of LEADERSHIP is not to put greatness into people, but to ELICIT IT, for the greatness is there already.”
“One of the most important leadership lessons is realizing you’re not the most important or the most intelligent person in the room at all times.”
“It is better to lead from behind and put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”
“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.”
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality”
The Founder: Margie van Zyl Chapman
Margie Chapman is a social worker by profession with a truly global vision. She’s passionate about networking, building capacity in the care sector, sharing stories, discovering tried and tested solutions that can be applied locally, and developing intercontinental global partnerships for the greater good.
Academic credentials were earned cum laudé and have led to an entire lifetime career’s experience in multi-cultural ageing in South Africa (both in the NGO and private sector), with specific emphasis on long-term care and capacity building, leadership development through mentoring and coaching, and partnership development.
A connector of note, Margie has over many years been involved in several national and international networks. She has been on the Board of CommonAge since its inception, currently developing an African Chapter. She was also a long-standing board member of GAN (the Global Ageing Network, previously IAHSA, the International Association of Homes & Services for Ageing), being their Global Chair for two years. She is the founding Chairperson of the South African Care Forum.