An Assessment of Learning Leadership Development from African Cultures: Implication for School Management and School Improvement Reform

By J.B. Fadokun.

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Leaderships is not an absolute, but is defined by full cultural paradigm within which it is exercised. Such corner of the globe offers its own perspectives on societal organizations and the leadership and each of these perspectives demands different values. Leadership development from an African cultural perspective is often conspiracy by its absence in most discourses and initiatives. The paper reports a descriptive study on the perspectives of school managers in their leadership development. The study revealed the influence of indigenous leadership styles on the leadership capacity of the principals. It stressed that the leadership development in Africa must be rooted in the influential cultural heritage of the African. It also linked the leadership development to the current decentralization reforms of enhancing leadership development at the school level through the school based management.

Keywords: Indigenous Leadership, School Management, School Improvement, Leadership Development

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 12, pp.127-136. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 622.425KB).

J.B. Fadokun

Research and Training Fellow, Research and Training Department, National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration, Ondo, Ondo, Nigeria

James Banji Fadokun is a Research and Training Fellow at the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration, Nigeria. He is a consultant and professional trainer at several national and international seminars on Education Management, HIV/AIDS issues. He has been involved in many researches on education at the national level in Nigeria. He is the Project Coordinator of ‘Accelerating the Education Sector Response to HIV/AIDS’ in Nigeria, which is capacity building efforts supported by the Federal Ministry of Education, Nigeria, UNAIDS Inter Agency Task Team for Education and the Partnership for Child Development, Imperial College of Medicine, United Kingdom. His areas of specialization are Higher education management, Human Resources Management, Gender and HIV/AIDS issues.

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