|Inspiring portraits of contemporary African women leaders.
Women’s Spiritual Leadership in Africa offers portraits of sixteen African women in leadership positions in grassroots, national, Pan African and global organizations, and explores how they choose to “rock the boat without falling out” by transforming their communities and organizations from within. In her analysis of the women leaders’ experiences, Faith Wambura Ngunjiri demonstrates how these African women navigate cultural and organizational challenges, including the intersecting oppressions of gender, ethnicity, class, and marital status, in order to act boldly against social and economic injustices. Ngunjiri characterizes the women as “critical servant leaders” because of their approach to leadership, where they lead through service while deconstructing patriarchal social and institutional practices and providing positive alternatives. The women’s tempered radicalism and servant leadership is deeply informed by African and Christian spirituality, which animates and informs their lives and leadership experiences. Collectively, the women’s stories present an important and inspiring vision of contemporary women’s leadership in African contexts.
“Ngunjiri’s rich, evocative narrative about courageous African women leading communities and organizations is truly inspirational. Women leaders and aspiring leaders across the world will derive much strength from learning about these women’s survival and thriving in spite of challenges and trials. By giving us their stories and their words, Ngunjiri asks us to honor their work by reaching deeply into our own souls, and to fight similarly for social justice in our own settings.” — Margaret Grogan, Dean of the School of Educational Studies, Claremont Graduate University
“Women’s Spiritual Leadership in Africa is fresh and exciting research that combines the best of western research methodologies with African wisdom. Ngunjiri’s creative use of the concepts of “Tempered Radicals and Critical Servant Leaders” provides a constructive framework for women and minorities everywhere who face racial, cultural, and sexual prejudice in leadership. It is a unique and valuable addition to the growing scholarly corpus on spirituality and leadership and should find its way into many classrooms.” — David W. Miller, Director, Princeton University Faith and Work Initiative
Faith Wambura Ngunjiri is Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership at Eastern University.