Original Research - Special Collection: Practical Theology

Ubuntu leadership in conversation with servant leadership in the Anglican Church: A case of Kunonga

Johann-Albrecht Meylahn, Joshua Musiyambiri
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 73, No 2 | a4509 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v73i2.4509 | © 2017 Johann-Albrecht Meylahn, Joshua Musiyambiri | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 January 2017 | Published: 27 October 2017

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Johann-Albrecht Meylahn, Department Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Joshua Musiyambiri, Department Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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This article is a practical theological reflection on leadership practice. The study offers a critical reflection of the Church’s practice of leadership as it interacts with the practices of the world. The leadership has been focused upon conversation between ubuntu and servant leadership as presented by their respective theorists. The two concepts ubuntu and servanthood are congruent to each other, and both have been used in connection with leadership studies, offering leadership a set of values. The key underlying principle is a focus on the importance of service and community. These leadership concepts have been applied upon the Anglican Diocese of Harare in a recent empirical study which revealed that, by and large, the institution does not embrace ubuntu and servant leadership.


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