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Transformative Leadership In African Contexts

Transformative Leadership In African Contexts

Transformative Leadership In African Contexts

Strategies for Social Change The focus of transformative leadership is on changing power structures and dynamics in society such that people’s access to livelihoods, dignity, rights, and wellbeing are systemically ensured, rather than a focus on institutional or organisational change or individual engagements between leaders and followers.

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  • Format: 240mm x 168mm
  • Pages: 472
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-7969-2661-6
  • Publish Year: Best Red
  • Rights: World Rights

Strategies for Social Change The focus of transformative leadership is on changing power structures and dynamics in society such that people’s access to livelihoods, dignity, rights, and wellbeing are systemically ensured, rather than a focus on institutional or organisational change or individual engagements between leaders and followers. Transformative leadership takes as its unit of influence wider social, political and material issues. In the words of Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu “There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river and find out why they are falling in”. Through a series of nuanced case studies, the authors set out how contemporary leaders on the African continent navigate complexity, chaos, struggle, temptation, controversy, and roadblocks, in a context that is both emerging from colonial exploitation and domination, and that suffers from a myriad of post-colonial ills and aspirations. Authors integrate past practices, considering the cultural heritages that animate action, the political heroes (and villains), and historical thinkers that have encouraged current leadership practices and warned against others. They also shine a spotlight on the many ways in which leadership challenges for the future are anticipated. These include the rapid social, technological, and cultural shifts, and struggles around gender, mobility, and commercial practices already sweeping the continent. Multiple essays offer markers for the way ahead for a new generation who must lead and find their own path to the future. Endorsements Cricket and Conquest is simply the finest book ever written about sport in South Africa. It should sit alongside the works of CLR James and Ramachandra Guha in the library of every cricket lover. For the first time, Odendaal, Reddy, Merrett and Winch tell the complete and unvarnished story of South African cricket: black and white and people called coloured, male and female. They have left no archive unexamined and no story unscrutinised in their quest for the truth. This book is not only a major work of scholarship, it is a work of passion: for cricket, for social justice and for a history that includes all those who ever swung a bat or bowled a ball. Prof Tony Collins, former Director of the International Centre for Sports History and Culture at De Montfort University, author of A Social History of English Rugby Union and three times winner of the Lord Aberdare Literary Prize for Sports History book of the year. Some books scream out to be written, but often they remain undone because of the difficulty of the task. Here is something immensely important and satisfying - the story of South African cricket, told at last with both eyes open. It is an expiation of a long and shameful story: how the game which prides itself on fair play collaborated with cruelty, not just for a while but for decade after decade. And persuaded itself that most of this history did not exist. It’s beautifully done as well. Matthew Engel, Editor of Wisden, 1993–2000, 2003–2007. Magnificent. A grand narrative, superb in its design and execution, busting the myth that South Africa’s cricket history was merely a white man’s story. Set against a background of imperial greed and military savagery in the high days of the British Empire it reveals how, after promising beginnings, black cricketers were excluded from the game at the same time as the hopes and dreams of their people for full citizenry were progressively dashed. This book is one the authors lived to write. Revisionist history at its best. Dr Bernard Whimpress, author of Passport to Nowhere: Aborigines in Australian Cricket 1850–1913 and co-author of The History of Australian Cricket Cricket and Conquest will set new standards in sports scholarship around the world. The authors have broken new ground at every turn of the project. Breaking down the uniform singular narrative of cricket’s initiation in South Africa as part of the colonial mission and introducing resistance and indigenous subversion into the mix from the earliest days, this book should encourage researchers from across the world to look at their own established cricket narratives in an entirely new light. Dr Boria Majumdar, author of Twenty-Two Yards to Freedom: A social history of Indian Cricket and co-author, with Sachin Tendulkar, of the bestselling Playing it My Way: My Autobiography. Against a backdrop which is sexist and increasingly racist, the local black populations and women of diverse heritages are in this story active participants in the early globalisation of the (white) ‘gentleman’s’ game. The book and the series when completed will provide a comprehensive and intersectional history of the game in South Africa. A painstakingly constructed and detailed story which gives new life to CLR James’s famous statement ‘what do they know of cricket who only cricket know’. Rhoda Reddock, Professor of Gender, Social Change and Development, the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago. Destined to become an essential classic. Beautifully written and meticulously researched. The profound episodic stories of inclusion and exclusion are told with an admirable and engaging lightness of touch. Paul Yule, Filmmaker, including Not Cricket 1 and 2 on The Basil D’Oliveira Conspiracy (BBC, 2004) and The Captain and the Bookmaker (BBC, 2008) about Hansie Cronje. The ancestors come alive in Cricket and Conquest. The creativity, resilience and human agency of cricketers facing unspeakable prejudice and deeply institutionalised, deliberately created barriers is beautifully researched and narrated here. Chris Nenzani, President Cricket South Africa A magnificent piece of work that traverses the full history of our game. Meticulous research gives us a breathtaking panorama of our rich and diverse past.   Haroon Lorgat, CEO Cricket South Africa



  1. From beating the odds to changing the odds: Developing a shared understanding of what is meant by ‘transformative leadership’

Sharlene Swartz

  1. Academic understandings of transformative leadership

Tarryn De Kock and Sharlene Swartz

  1. Leadership and identity in pre-colonial African contexts: A retrospective account

Matthews Makgamatha


  1. The spirit of Kanju: Young Africans amplifying leadership through documentary film work

Alude Mahali and Eugene Paramoer

  1. Blockchain applications: A pathway to decentralised, autonomous and transformative leadership

Krish Chetty

  1. Transformative leadership from abroad: Maggy Barankitse and the Burundian refugee community

Gérard Birantamije

  1. What amaXhosa leadership practices offer to the discourse on transformative leadership

Olwam Mnqwazi

  1. Ubuntu as a resource for transformative leadership in Southern Africa

Norman Chivasa


  1. Women and leadership in African contexts: A review

Relebohile Moletsane

  1. We should all be African feminists: Feminism as an integral part of transformative leadership

Lauryn Mwale


  1. Iterations of transformative leadership for higher education in Africa

Ibrahim Oanda

  1. Transformative leadership in resource constrained schools in South Africa

Andrea Juan and Sylvia Hannan

  1. Learning transformative leadership through student activism in Kenya

Nathan Oyori Ogechi

  1. Using transformative leadership to ‘nibble at resilient colonialism’: An autoethnographic account of student-faculty experiences

One Pusumane and Jess Auerbach


  1. Walking the talk: Shaping a transformative approach to evaluation of leadership fellowship programmes

Barbara Klugman

  1. Climbing the hill: The burden of development placed on scholarship recipients

Sepiso Dean Mwamelo

  1. Leadership for whom? Interrogating the effectiveness of leadership programs in Africa

Ajibola Adigun

  1. Emergent-decolonial development and youth-focused leadership development programmes

Rekgotsofetse Chikane and Monique Atouguia


  1. Transforming the political: Towards a transformative concept of political leadership in Africa

Tarryn De Kock and Anye Nyamnjoh

  1. Transformative leadership in Africa: Lessons from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s leadership stints in Liberia

Kazeem Ajasa Badaru and Emmanuel Adu

  1. Transformative leadership in unconventional terrain: Examining the personality, values, and vision of Jerry John Rawlings of Ghana

Emmanuel Ampomah


  1. Transformative disability leadership in the Global South: Insights from ubuntu philosophy

Precious Muzite

  1. Ubuntu leadership in a technological age

Katleho Mokoena

  1. Transformative social innovation leadership, an Ubuntu infused approach for future African public sector leaders

Maréve Biljohn


  1. A forward-looking ethics of transformative leadership: Re-building societies in the 21st century

Catherine Odora Hoppers and Crain Soudien

  1. Tame, erode, rupture or exit: Strategies for transformative change

Sharlene Swartz

Sharlene Swartz (PhD) is head of the Equitable Education and Economies division at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and an honorary professor of education at the University of Cape Town. She was President of the Sociology of Youth Research Committee of the International Sociological Association (2018–2023), and is a commissioner of the Lancet inquiry into adolescent health and wellbeing. Her current research centres on the just inclusion of youth in a transforming society and the future of work. Her recent books include Educational Research Practice in Southern contexts (2024); The Oxford Handbook of Global South Youth Studies (2021); and Studying while Black (2018). Sharlene is South African.

Tarryn de Kock (MA) is an independent researcher, and has worked for the HSRC. Her research interests include public private partnerships, educational planning and school governance. She is currently completing her PhD in education at the University of Cape Town. Tarryn is South African.

Catherine A. Odora Hoppers (PhD) holds a professorship in education at Gulu University in Uganda, and is a professor extraordinarius at the University of South Africa. She consults on expert panels for UNESCO, UN Department of Disarmament Affairs, the World Economic Forum, and the World Intellectual Property Organisation. She is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa and a fellow of the African Academy of Sciences. Catherine is Ugandan.


The important, exciting, coherent, and comprehensive chapters in Transformative Leadership in African Contexts, draw on Transformative Leadership Theory as a means of creating the future. Here, each chapter is imbued with African cultures and traditions, with indigenous knowledges and languages to re-create and interpret transformative leadership in ways that are thoughtful, insightful, and spiritual. It is not a simplistic or prescriptive account, but a tome of insight built on integrity, transparency, values, and ethics. As these impressive chapters accurately distinguish between transformational and transformative leadership, they share foci on community empowerment, collective agency, voice, and decolonialization, always challenging both the historical and current status quo. Covering a wide range of both scholarship and African countries and contexts, this is a must read for anyone interested in re-creating their future.

Dr. Carolyn M. Shields, Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies,

Wayne State University, USA

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