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Leadership as Courageous Practice

Linda K. Sibanyoni, Trisha Gott, Mary Hale Tolar
Published: 25 November 2021
 by  Emerald

Abstract: What courage is required for an emerging leader to run for office as an independent candidate in a contested election? What changes when that leader is a young woman, challenging the status quo in a male-dominated political field? And finally, how does courage intersect leadership, what is required, learned, and tested when running for office means risking one’s life? This is the story of an emerging leader, Linda K. Sibanyoni, a candidate for political office from Zimbabwe, who is leading change in her community and who is willing to exercise the courage required to do so in new, different, and unexpected ways. Her lived experience is underpinned by the intersection of gender, power, and politics. From this story of trial, courage, and risk comes discussion around the leadership practices required for change in uncertain and unstable systems.
Keywords: courage is required / candidate / office / leadership / unstable / uncertain / male / woman

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