Personal Growth, African Style

Personal Growth, African Style

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Against a backdrop of global change of every kind, from climate to demography, from national security to international terrorism, it is becoming increasingly evident that we live in a deeply interconnected world. However, our approach to leaders continues to be stuck in an individual-centred mindset that perceives the world from a disconnected and fragmentary perspective. And so it is critical that we make the shift to a new kind of global leadership. Such a leadership would be born out of a deep sense of interconnectedness. Never before has it become more urgent for us to choose leaders and to become leaders who possess greater awareness and humanity. In this context, Africa has a vital role to play. Africa's gift to global leadership lies in its roots - in communally expressed humanity inspired by the collective wisdom and actions of all human beings. It takes the human being as the starting point, emphasising the dignity and worth of all, and relying on the philosophical constructs of ubuntu and isintu. These ideas call for all of us to be the kind of leader who knows that we are who we are because of other people.
Personal growth, African style takes an approach to leadership which offers a path to personal development, dealing with leadership as a process of self-discovery and a journey to the centre of oneself and one's origins. It inspires leadership through the individual's reclaiming his or her wholeness as a human being, as an African, as a global citizen. It seeks to regenerate and ignite the less tangible aspects of leadership: those linked to higher purpose and self-awareness and to the good of a broader community. While focusing on personal growth, this approach not only calls upon you, the individual, to expand the level and depth of your self-awareness, but to honour and enrich the potential of those whose lives you touch. The book contains a variety of readings and tools as well as written exercises to help you to grow personally and to encourage you to begin to see yourself as a person who expresses the values, knowledge and behaviour which consciously embody ubuntu. It seeks to reclaim the possibility of a more human style of leadership. Not only for Africa, but for the world.
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  • Hardback | 273 pages
  • The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • Parklands, South Africa
  • 0143026380
  • 9780143026389

About Barbara Nussbaum

Barbara Nussbaum, Sudhanshu Palsule and Velaphi Mkhize are highly qualified professionals with expertise in the fields of coaching, leadership and indigenous African knowledge. Their participation as faculty members in the Master's in Social and Transformation Programme at CIDA City Campus in Johannesburg was the inspiration behind this book.
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