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Koers (Online) vol.75 n.3 Pretoria  2010


When western leadership models become a mixed blessing


Wanneer westerse leierskapsmodelle 'n gemengde seën is



J. Reimer

Professor Extraordinarius, Department of Church History, Christian Spirituality & Missiology, University of South Africa, PRETORIA and Lecturer at the Theologisches Seminar Ewersbach Germany, E-mail:




Russia plunged into a deep leadership crisis after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The attempt to implement western leadership models only deepened the crisis. With the take over of power by Vladimir Putin a new leadership theory evolved, which looked critically at western models. Totalitarianism, contextuality, cultural sensibility and pragmatism are issues being investigated with respect to leadership. This article includes these themes whilst reflecting on the critical dialogue between the American leadership expert Stephen R. Covey and his Russian critic Vladimir Tarassenko.

Key concepts: culturally relevant leadership, leadership, Perestroika, Russia


Rusland is ná die ineenstorting van die Sowjetunie in 'n ernstige leierskapskrisis gedompel. Die poging om westerse leierskapsmodelle te implementeerhet die krisis net verdiep. Met die oorname van gesag deur Vladimir Putin, het 'n nuwe leierskapstyl die lig gesien wat krities na westerse modelle gekyk het. Totalitarisme, kontekstualiteit, kulturele sensitiwiteit en pragmatisme word in hierdie artikel ondersoek terwyl besin word oor die kritiese dialoog tussen die Amerikaanse leierskap deskundige Stephen R. Covey en sy Russiese kritikus Vladimir Tarassenko.

Kernbegrippe: kulturele relevante leierskap, leierskap, Perestroika, Rusland



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1 Dr Johannes Reimer is Professor Extraordinarius in the Department of Church History, Christian Spirituality and Missiology at the University of South Africa. He is also the president of the GBFE (Gesellschaft für Bildung und Forschung in Europa). This article is part of the Christian Leadership in Context project.

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