A critical, global counterpoint to more western-centric that will appeal to critical leadership scholars, those teaching leadership from a critical perspective and those teaching leadership with an international focus. Split into two parts; its first part presents the local and regional variations in leadership from across the globe, with each of the twenty individual authors presenting the histories, cultures, tensions and social changes that shape the practice of everyday leadership in their respective region. Regions and countries included are: the Arab Middle East, Argentina, ASEAN, Australia, Brazil, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Scandinavia, South Africa, Turkey, UK, USA. In the second part, the editors then critically analyses these chapters and identify the key themes and specific issues, enabling the reader to challenge their own leadership perceptions and move beyond the normative, uncritical approach to leadership. Suitable reading for leadership students, researchers and practitioners looking to enhance their knowledge of global leadership.

South Africa: A Racialized and Gendered Leadership Landscape

South Africa: A Racialized and Gendered Leadership Landscape

South Africa: A Racialized and Gendered Leadership Landscape

Peliwe Mnguni: Associate Professor at UNISA School of Business Leadership, Gauteng, South Africa

Jeremias J. De Klerk: Professor in Human Capital Management and Leadership at University of Stellenbosch Business School, Cape Town, South Africa


South Africa has many ethnic, racial, political and business ‘realities’ and these are inextricably linked to how leadership is practised and understood. South African organizations, in both the private and the public sectors, are heated crucibles within which many opposing leadership models, perspectives and ideas meet and mix. Inherent polarities in South African society render a uniform perspective on leadership impossible.

Historically, leadership in South Africa had two main influences: the indigenous African worldview and the Western ...

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