The new leadership challenge is to perceive and actualize emerging opportunities. Real power or influence comes from the ability to recognize and respond to patterns of change. The task of a leader is to recognize these emerging pattern and position herself/himself, personally and organizationally, as part of a larger generative force that will reshape the current landscape in order to achieve the sustainable results desired. The challenge for leaders is to develop “knowledge for action” (Chris Argyris).
Transformative leadership in the Zimbabwean Schools for addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic must be inclusive and proactive. It must seek to provide empowering knowledge and culturally relevant skills in order to significantly control and reduce the prevalence of the HIV/AIDS. Zimbabwe, a Southern African former British colony, is facing a serious HIV/AIDS epidemic. In its quarterly report, the World Health Organization (2007) noted that since 1990, HIV/AIDS has slashed the average life expectancy in Zimbabwe from 61 to 33 years, the lowest anywhere in the world. It is estimated that there are now over 1 million children in Zimbabwe who have been orphaned due to HIV/AIDS-related deaths. Expressed in simple statistics, one in every five Zimbabwean children is an orphan as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
|Keywords:||Transformative, HIV/AIDS, Zimbabwe|
Ph.D Candidate, Educational Leadership, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA
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