© 2016

Transformative and Engaging Leadership

Lessons from Indigenous African Women


Part of the Palgrave Studies in African Leadership book series (PSAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Maggie Madimbo
    Pages 1-17
  3. Maggie Madimbo
    Pages 95-106
  4. Maggie Madimbo
    Pages 107-121
  5. Maggie Madimbo
    Pages 123-135
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 157-170

About this book


This book explores how spirituality and resiliency defines the character of African women and inspires them to serve the communities and organizations around them. Through portraits of twelve Malawian women national leaders, it celebrates the lives of indigenous women and describes how their unique backgrounds and experiences have contributed to their leadership development. It provides an understanding of the strategies these women employ to move beyond historical barriers to exercise leadership.

The author introduces a new leadership model called transformative engaging leadership, which demonstrates how African women leaders use their inner strength to thrive and succeed in the midst of challenges. It contributes to African female leadership studies and will be helpful to leaders and organizations that have a passion for advancing female leaders in the developing world.


Women in Leadership African Women in Leadership Portraits of Malawian women leaders Courageous women Transformative Leadership Servant Leadership Spirituality

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.African Bible CollegeMalawi

About the authors

Maggie Madimbo is Adjunct Professor at Eastern University, USA and Vice Chancellor of African Bible College in Lilongwe, Malawi. She is also Vice Chairperson for NetAct, a network for theological institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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“Madimbo's passion for mentoring and developing genuine Christian leaders is clearly articulated in this book.  If you want to impact others, this is the next book you need to read!” (Paul Chinchen, African Bible Colleges, Malawi)

“Madimbo highlights the faith, resilience, and inspiration of women in leadership. She and her compatriots lead from a humble but strong empowering ethos, and thus they embrace servant leadership.” (H. Jurgens Hendriks, Stellenbosch University, South Africa)

“This book deeply challenges traditional structures in churches and societies, offering a life-enhancing alternative of participative leadership that has the potential to unleash resources of a rich yet complex continent in surprising ways.” (Elna Mouton, Stellenbosch University, South Africa)

“With insider sensitivity, Madimbo frames Malawian female leadership with resilience, African spirituality, and Ubuntu. The book adds significant voices to African leadership literature.” (Heewon Chang, Eastern University, USA and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Multicultural Education)