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Developing transformational leadership for sub-Saharan Africa: Essential missiological considerations for church workers

Kalemba Mwambazambi, Albert K. Banza

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 35, No 1 (2014), 9 pages. doi: 10.4102/ve.v35i1.849

Submitted: 11 March 2013
Published:  28 February 2014


Aware of the particular importance of efficient leadership for Africa, this article investigates how Africans can develop the kind of leadership their continent needs to contribute to effective transformation. Therefore, essential notions and procedures are analysed and described; the meaning and qualities of transformational leadership that can effect solid transformation of both individuals and their communities are explained. Lack of theoretical and practical understanding of effective leadership, colonial history of the continent, inappropriate spirituality amongst post-colonial Africans, poor ethical role-modelling in African communities, and poor awareness of the need for effective leadership development are amongst the main causes of poor leadership in African communities. So, developing efficacious transformational leadership for Africa requires that the causes of poor leadership be removed. Subsequently, the flourishing of the strong moral and socio-political qualities necessary for solid transformational leadership equally demands an intentional work.

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Kalemba Mwambazambi, Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Albert K. Banza, Department of Church History, Spirituality and Missiology, University of South Africa, South Africa


Re-Africanising; Re-decolonising; Re-spiritualising; Restoring Africans; Transformation; Leadership development


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