Team building Venue in Pretoria and the Levels of Leadership

Intundla offers one of the best Team Building Venues in Gauteng. The proximity to Johannesburg and Pretoria makes it ideal, but because of where the Game Lodge is situated, there are also no distractions. This is an ideal environment to come and build your Team. We take a look at what makes a great Leader and how to get there.

The first thing we learn about Leadership is that it is not a noun but a verb. There are 5 different levels of leadership that we go through to become great leaders, and it is up to you depending on how hard you work at it.

Leadership levels

1. Positional level

The first level of leadership is the positional level, where you’ve been given a position of leadership, like most entry level management positions. The upside of this level is that it is here that you can start defining your leadership style, learn more about yourself and start shaping into the leader that you can become. The downside of this level is that your followers will give you the least of their energy, effort, time and enthusiasm. They do this because they HAVE to follow you. An example of this would be that your employees show up late, and without much gusto. The good news is that you don’t have to stay at this level and can move on from this level as fast as you can.

2. Permission level

Here the key is the relationship and people start following you because they want to. You have already made a connection with people and they genuinely like you.

John Maxwell – “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

Isn’t it odd how you sometimes find people in leadership positions and they are really not nice people, and people really don’t like them? If you’ve had to follow someone that you didn’t like, would you say that you’ve given this leader the best of you?

This doesn’t mean that everyone must like you. Never trade your values and beliefs so that everyone likes you. There still is a difference between being liked and being followed.

Why are Relationships so important in leadership? Because leadership is influence.

There are 3 things that you can do to build better relationships with people:

Listen to people – and a true listener listens with the goal of understanding.

Observe people – know where people are and what people are doing.

Continue Learning – never think you know everything and always be open to learn from others, even the people who are following you.

Do all of this with an Attitude of servant hood, in other words be willing and ready to help and serve others. If you want to grow as a leader and also as a team, you have to cultivate an attitude of happily serving others.

3. Production level

The key here is that leaders at this level are effective by example and are able to get people to follow their example. Because people do what people see. This is where you start getting credibility because you are modelling to people what you are telling them to do. You will now also start attracting other people that are like you, because people don’t attract people that they want to attract, but they attract people who are what they are. This is where your following will start to gain momentum. And as you’ve seen in the video momentum is what you want.

4. People development level

When you realise how important other people are and especially the people that follow you, something magical will happen. Learning to recognise other people’s strengths is a great asset for any leader.

Have you ever heard any successful person say that they don’t know what they are good at?

Successful people discover what they are good at, successful leaders discover what other people are good at. Find out what people are good at and then help them to develop that more. Be open to working with people and always be prepared to listen to their ideas. Take their hands and equip them.

You can Equip people in 5 steps:

1. I do it, and you watch.

2. I do it with you and you can see and ask questions.

3. You do it and I’m with you, helping and guiding.

4. You do it on your own, because you now know how.

Then there is one last, but very important step
5. You do it with someone else.

And this is how the momentum gets even bigger.

5. Pinnacle level

This is the ultimate level and we all want to be here. The keyword here is RESPECT. People follow you because of what you’ve done, who you are and they really respect you for what you stand for. For some people it might take a lifetime before they get here.

Just a final thought. Unity is Important. Make sure you create and maintain unity in your Team. Talk about issues as and when they come up. And do fun things with your team that will strengthen your unity, like TEAMBUILDING at INTUNDLA.
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Team Building Fun at Intundla Conference Venue

Intundla Conference Venue is unique in that it is only 30 minutes from Pretoria, ideally situated in a bush setting, with plenty of Team building activities to keep everyone engaged. Here we feature some of our most popular Team building activities hosted in the last month.

Potjie Competition – Momentum

Don’t be fooled by their exterior these people from Momentum are all top chefs and did a marvellous job! The only hitch was that everyone kept running from Ghostface! Team building provides a chance for the team to participate together in an experience where everyone starts with an equal level of knowledge about the given task, like making a potjie. This activity is brilliant for breaking down barriers between individuals and creates increased team awareness.

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Watersports – Auditor General South Africa

This was enormous fun and everyone participated. Great activity to increase morale and productivity. In a busy office environment, it can be difficult for employees to find time to develop new skills. Through participation in Team building activities members of the group all get a chance to learn new skills and thrive.

Related article: How to Inspire your Team at your next Conference


Raft Building – UNISA

The dam at Intundla lends itself to such superb water and raft building activities. The raft building is designed to motivate people to perform at their best individually and as team players. Team members discover that diversity is actually their greatest asset. This is very good for building trust, cooperation and open up effective communication.


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5 Things we can learn from 5 Great People

Intundla Conference and Team building Venue is ideally situated only 30 minutes from Pretoria and less than an hour from OR Tambo International. The lodge is surrounded by prime game reserve and the grounds are perfect for Team building activities that require lots of outdoor space and fresh air.

It is on these grounds that many potential leaders have been found by participating in some of our team building activities. But what makes a leader great? There are no silver bullets, no magic. Leaders expect to win. They have the will and discipline to get the job done and achieve the necessary results. Leaders know how to leverage people’s strengths and they let people figure out themselves how to get where they need to be. Great leaders not only have high expectations of themselves but also for those around them.

Related article: Why is Team Building important?

Below are 5 things we can learn from Great Leaders.


1. Nelson Mandela

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Be persistent in your strive for Success

Before anyone becomes a great leader they will fail many times. No success story starts and ends with triumph. Aim high and you will inspire those around you. Create a vision for your team so that they can see success. Never give up.

2. Albert Einstein

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”

Have a Servant Attitude

To be a great leader you have to serve others. If you are too focussed on yourself and your own success you won’t have too many followers. By directing your attention to the people around you and how you can help them become more prosperous you will without a doubt become more successful yourself.

Related article: How to Inspire your Team at your next Conference

3. Leonardo Da Vinci

“One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.”

Become the master of Yourself

Every great leader knows their own strengths and weaknesses. Owning who you are is the first step in becoming the best you can be. Take responsibility for your actions and be accountable to yourself and others.

4. Benjamin Franklin

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn”

Find a Mentor and Become one

There is no greater source to learn from than someone that has already learned the lesson. Great leaders know that they have never arrived and that they can always learn more and become better. Take what you have learned in life and from business and pass it on. Become a mentor and show someone else the road you’ve already travelled, the mistakes you’ve made, the successes you’ve achieved.

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5. Steve Jobs

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.”

Be Excellent and demand Excellence

As a great leader it all starts with you. The better you are the better your followers will aspire to be. Are you doing work that your friends and family will be proud of? By expecting more of the people around you, you automatically lift them up. Be your best and expect the best from others.

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