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.

Rowan is an African, first and foremost. He finds his purpose by building a tribe of remarkable CEOs across the African continent, all of whom create their own impact through their people, customers and communities.

Having spent his formative years growing up in Cape Town during South Africa’s transition away from Apartheid, Rowan’s family emigrated to the USA in 1989 where he attended Berkeley University, studying a Bachelor of Science at The Haas Undergraduate School of Business. Upon graduating Rowan entered the management consulting field in San Francisco working for three years in the heyday of process re-engineering.

In 1997 Rowan left the west coast to join General Electric in New York, a company he would remain with for the next 10 years, including a 4-year stint in San Francisco, where he worked across the full cycle of the internet boom and bust at the turn of the millennium.

In 2002 Rowan received his US citizenship and moved back to South Africa to contribute to the building of a young South African democracy. He started a Cape Town branch of a JHB-based management consultancy, The Win Win Group, which he successfully ran before founding Lockstep, a specialist leadership consultancy in 2007 where he has since honed his own CEO skills.

As Rowan deepened his skills as a global leadership practitioner and advisor to CEOs, he studied at Harvard Business School and has since 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.


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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