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Title:Perceptions of leadership in a multicultural context: a South African case study
Author:Mentz, P.J.
Year:2007
Periodical:Africa Education Review
Volume:4
Issue:1
Pages:1-14
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:schools
desegregation
leadership
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/18146620701412092
Abstract:Many of the historically white schools in South Africa still experience difficulty in becoming fully racially integrated. This article examines the situation in a school in the North-West Province where the problem of racial conflict has been eradicated following the appointment of two new school leaders in 2001. The study describes the approach followed by the new principal and deputy principal in turning the school into an example of racial harmony. Focus is on the dynamics of leadership and leadership perceptions. The study found that the two leaders, one white and one black, differed in terms of their perceptions regarding their respective leadership styles, strategies and achievements. Nonetheless, in a brief period of only three years, they succeeded in transforming the school from a dysfunctional organization beset by violence and ill discipline to a school that is now functioning smoothly and peacefully, and is seen as an example of what can be achieved by effective leadership. It remains difficult to say with absolute certainty what attributed to the success of these two leaders. Some of their success can probably be ascribed to their respective personalities. Their efforts could become even more fruitful if they followed a diversity leadership training programme together. Such a programme, aimed at inculcating team collaboration, relationship development and image management, should be applied throughout South Africa until the situation at schools has become stable and normalized. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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