Original Research

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 | a849 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v35i1.849 | © 2014 Kalemba Mwambazambi, Albert K. Banza | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 March 2013 | Published: 28 February 2014

About the author(s)

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


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.


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


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