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The Question of Leadership in Africa: A Kantian Contribution

Agbude, Godwyns .A. and Olowookere, E. I. and Godwyns-Agbude, Joy and Ovia, Ebikaboere (2014) The Question of Leadership in Africa: A Kantian Contribution. Scottish Journal of Arts, Social Sciences and Scientific Studies. pp. 101-112. ISSN ISSN 2047-1278

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The leadership question has become one of the recurrent issues in African politics. It is a truism that everything rises and falls on leadership. Among several factors that have been adduced for the failure of post-colonial African states and governmental apparatuses is the concept of weak, corrupt and incompetent leadership experiment on the continent. It has been argued that if Africa gets its leadership right, the socio-eco political ambiance of the continent and its citizenry would benefit from it. Therefore, this paper engages the necessary theoretical underpinnings of leadership, opting for the concept of ethical leadership using Kant’s Categorical Imperative as a model for ethical values in the process of governance in the continent. This paper engages secondary sources of data in marshalling its point for ethical leadership based on the proposal of the German Philosopher. It argues that it would be a disservice to the continent if its intelligentsia underplay the central place of ethical values in its pursuit of an ideal form of leadership that is a prerequisite for national/continental development. From this paper, one can conclude that ethical leadership based on the Kantian paradigm is a necessity for development and true democracy in Africa

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Leadership; Ethics; Development; Categorical Imperative; and Citizenship
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 31 May 2016 09:03
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2018 17:41

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