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Title:Leadership practices among the Lamba people of Zambia: some implications for school leadership
Authors:Kalenga, Rosemary C.
Chikoko, VitallisISNI
Khanare, Fumane
Periodical:Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Geographic term:Zambia
traditional rulers
External link:http://reference.sabinet.co.za/webx/access/electronic_journals/linga/linga_v12_n2_a6.pdf
Abstract:In this article the authors discuss indigenous African leadership practices of the Lamba nation of the Zambian Copper belt region and how such leadership can inform school leadership today. This article is part of a bigger study which was informed by three factors: (1) that once upon-a-time Africa had prolific leadership as evidenced by achievements by its many kingdoms, (2) a question as to whether all that leadership has completely died for good, and (3) if not, how can it be characterized and how can it inform school leadership today? In this article the authors report findings on these same questions about the Lambas. They adopted a qualitative approach in which they interviewed selected family members, village elders, councilors, and two chiefs. Findings show that the Lambanistic leadership practices are strongly value-driven and emphasise servant leadership. Such values include a community spirit, a sense of responsibility for all, a strong sense of identity, and personalised teaching. The authors argue that such indigenous leadership practices are pregnant with meaning regarding school leadership today. Bibliogr.,sum. [Journal abstract]