Despite the depth of research on leaders and leadership in the Western and Asian contexts, the study of leadership in the African context remains at a nascent stage. In this special issue, we take a multilevel perspective to review and synthesize current research on leadership in Africa in three distinct scholarly domains (Organizational Behavior & Human Resources (OB/HR), Strategy and Entrepreneurship). Based on this review, we offer specific recommendations to advance leadership research and improve the scope and rigor of theoretical and methodological approaches. Finally, we present three scholarly works that highlight the distinctive nature of leadership in Africa, including the perspectives of followership, emergence of entrepreneurial leadership in the informal sector, and a leadership style based on an African principle.
Abebe, Michael A., Amanuel G. Tekleab, and Augustine A. Lado. “Multilevel Perspectives on Leadership in the African Context.” Africa Journal of Management 6, no. 3 (July 15, 2020): 145–60. https://doi.org/10.1080/23322373.2020.1779575.
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