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Recognition and development of hope for South African organizational leaders

Fred Luthans (Department of Management, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA)
René Van Wyk (Department of Human Resources Management, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa)
Fred O. Walumbwa (Department of Management, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Article publication date: 1 September 2004

Abstract

The significant challenges faced by South Africa at present are well known. How to deal with the problems from a political and economic perspective abound, but taking a psychological approach has been neglected. This paper proposes a positive approach to South African organizational leadership based on the psychological capacity of hope. After giving a brief background on the context surrounding South African organizations, the theory, research, and application of hope relevant to organizational leadership in the “Rainbow Nation” are presented and analyzed. Such an overlooked positive approach represented by hopeful organizational leaders seems needed at this juncture of South Africa's present and future.

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Luthans, F., Van Wyk, R. and Walumbwa, F.O. (2004), "Recognition and development of hope for South African organizational leaders", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 25 No. 6, pp. 512-527. https://doi.org/10.1108/01437730410556752

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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