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Authors: Robert L Rotberg
Chapter from: "Crossing the Divide: Intergroup Leadership in a World of Difference"
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: 2009

Abstract

When experienced African political figures came together for the first time in 2003 explicitly to strengthen leadership on the continent, they did so in an atmosphere of crisis. The Congo, the Sudan, and Zimbabwe (not to mention other nations) were each suffering from massive and prolonged leadership failures. What could be done? Could the quality of leadership in Africa be strengthened? Could the glaring deficits in intergroup leadership across the sub-Saharan African region be remedied? Could responsible leadership be taught as a skill set and could those skills be transferred to those African countries where leadership was most lacking? In this chapter, the author examines models of effective and ineffective intergroup leadership and nation building as he details the African Leadership Council's efforts to redress the failures of leadership in Africa. This chapter is excerpted from ‘Crossing the Divide: Intergroup Leadership in a World of Difference'.

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Abstract

When experienced African political figures came together for the first time in 2003 explicitly to strengthen leadership on the continent, they did so in an atmosphere of crisis. The Congo, the Sudan, and Zimbabwe (not to mention other nations) were each suffering from massive and prolonged leadership failures. What could be done? Could the quality of leadership in Africa be strengthened? Could the glaring deficits in intergroup leadership across the sub-Saharan African region be remedied? Could responsible leadership be taught as a skill set and could those skills be transferred to those African countries where leadership was most lacking? In this chapter, the author examines models of effective and ineffective intergroup leadership and nation building as he details the African Leadership Council's efforts to redress the failures of leadership in Africa. This chapter is excerpted from ‘Crossing the Divide: Intergroup Leadership in a World of Difference'.

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