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The effects of life experiences under apartheid on shaping leadership styles of South African political leaders

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dc.contributor.advisor Ackermann, P. L. S. (Petrus Liebetrau Schmidt), 1945- Ulrich, Neil 2009-05-08T10:09:47Z 2009-05-08T10:09:47Z 2005
dc.description The purpose of the research is to examine the effects that Apartheid had/has on the shaping of leadership styles of South African political leaders from all political affiliations and different backgrounds. The research phenemenon and tentative hypothesis is that these leaders were influenced in vastly different ways according to their positions as either advantaged, disadvantaged or unaffected by the system of Apartheid. The study will examine how these different experiences under the system of Apartheid shaped current leadership styles. en_US
dc.description.abstract The system of apartheid, caused different life experiences for South Africans, and can be seen as a defining moment in the development of South Africa, its leaders and citizens. This study investigated how these different life experiences under apartheid influenced leadership styles of South African political leaders. After completion of a literature review, semi structured life history interviews were conducted with a representative sample of members of the South African Parliament, to generate qualitative data for analysis. Content analysis was applied to this data to generate a basis from which valid and reliable conclusions and recommendations were made. The research found support in both the literature review and qualitative life stories data collected for the following propositions: • Leadership is a complex construct, which is composed of many different characteristics and influences. • The life histories of individuals comprise of a combination of unique life experiences and subjective interpretations of those experiences. • Individual life histories influence leadership development. • Apartheid was a time line event that encompassed many different life experiences of individuals within the broad phenomenon, which phenomenon does not necessarily in itself have a significantly 7 homogeneous effect on the shaping of leadership styles. What is a more significant shaper of leadership style is the leader’s experiences in and attitude towards the event or phenomenon. • Life experiences under the phenomenon of apartheid influenced the leadership styles of South African political leaders differently in accordance with their unique life experiences itself, and their subjective interpretations thereof. The recordal of the life stories of South African political leaders presents an opportunity to learn at a broader interface from the experiences of the past, to shape a collective future for a free and democratic South Africa. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Unisa en_US
dc.subject Leadership styles en_US
dc.subject Apartheid en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Leadership--South Africa.
dc.subject.lcsh Executive abality--South Africa.
dc.title The effects of life experiences under apartheid on shaping leadership styles of South African political leaders en_US
dc.title.alternative The effects of apartheid on shaping leadership styles in South Africa en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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