Rowan Belchers

A global leadership practitioner.

About Rowan Belchers

Rowan, as a Founder and CEO himself, believes strongly that leadership is the most impactful and critical lever for business performance and has spent the last two decades honing his craft in this area.

Understanding the unique possibilities and challenges of the CEO position has been Rowan’s singular passion for the last decade. Rooted in Africa, but with a global education and client base, Rowan’s experience spans the full spectrum of business issues.

Through extensive study and exposure Rowan has developed unique intellectual property that applies specifically to CEOs. Broad-range development of the skills, knowledge and character of system leaders (CEOs, MDs, GMs, Function Heads) is his key differentiator.

Rowan’s engagement style is ‘all in’: deep loyalty to clients, limitless energy for CEOs who truly want to excel, and a willingness to fully stretch his creativity, heart and intellect to assist leaders to reach optimal system performance. These attributes have enabled him to build a global client base of long tenure and true partnership. He is a tireless advocate for the potential joy that lies within the CEO positions and for encouraging CEOs who are depleted by their work to make profound changes to their role design. He believes that the CEO position, once understood, is a rare privilege and responsibility and that it offers system leaders the opportunity for expression, creativity, nuance, extraordinary contribution and significant personal reward.

Rowan has high hopes that the global business community will play an increasingly influential role in society. His strong view is that huge untapped opportunity lies in wait for future-focused business leaders who are able to marry performance with purpose.

Rowan has practiced his leadership craft across Africa in Kenya, Namibia, Mozambique and Nigeria, as well as through consulting for large multinationals in China, Argentina, London, New York, San Francisco, Mexico and India.

  • Purpose: Guiding a global tribe of wise, skilled, aware CEOs who create broad, positive impact across their sphere of influence.
  • Central ambition: Teaching CEOs the art and science of Optimal System Performance
  • Tenure as a CEO advisor: 12 years
  • Education: Berkeley University (Haas Undergraduate School of Business) and Harvard Business School
  • Offices: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Windhoek, London and Geneva (with reach across Europe)
  • Family: two children, Sam and Emma.


Our company and myself have worked with Rowan and Lockstep for several years to help us become proficient at the craft of CEO-ship while we experienced exponential growth. The complexity of growth and acquisitions in a business has taught me that having a trusted advisor and mentor in Rowan and his team, made all the difference between success and potential failure in my role as CEO. I have learnt more about myself and how I best deal with people during these last few years with them by my side, than I have in the previous 30 years.
Dawie Kriel
CEO, Energy Partners
Seldom do you cross paths with an individual or company that has a profound impact on you and your business. This has been my experience working with Rowan and his team at Lockstep. Their ability to extract the best in you, as well as polish your CEO-ship has been transformative.
Alex Baisch
CEO, PackSolve Pty Ltd
As a first-time founder and CEO, working with Rowan opened my eyes to the full scope and opportunity of the role of CEO. As our business transitions from a very small team to become a bigger business, I have come to understand how important it is for me to find the time to step away from the day-to-day minutiae of the business and be deliberate about building out the range of my leadership skills. Working with Rowan is not an easy ride – he challenges you to think deeply about the role of the CEO and identifies those aspects of the CEO craft where you can develop. It’s a challenging process, but one which I have thoroughly enjoyed – and I know that our business is the stronger for it.
Andy Walford
CEO, Oceanrock Consulting
The notion of the Heroic CEO is outdated. The future CEO will have developed an understanding of their own CEO craft, and will use such to develop future leaders both within and outside of their organisational systems. Working with Rowan and the Lockstep team has helped me to understand and identify my own genuine ‘inner-self’ which has allowed me to commence with my own leadership journey.
Nic Hughes
MD, Halls Financial Services

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