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While the great majority of the first generation of independent African leaders failed to effectively adapt to the challenges of new nation state-hood, their failure often served as an impetus for the emergence of good leadership. Postcolonial Africa has also seen the rise of powerful female leaders - political and civic - as well as the rise of religious leadership to fill the void left by state failure. Leadership in Postcolonial Africa offers insightful studies of Africa's first female presidents, gangster elitism, Nelson Mandela, and beyond. These wide-ranging perspectives look to provide a greater understanding of leadership in postcolonial Africa and the implications for modern management and business practice.

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Palgrave Macmillan

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169 - 187