Social transformation, leadership and healing
CITATION: Keim, M. (ed). 2010. Conference Proceedings – Social Transformation, Leadership and Healing, presented at Bellville, June 5-6 2008, University of the Western Cape, South Africa. doi:10.18820/9781919985367.
The original publication is available at http://www.africansunmedia.co.za
Presented by EFSA (Ecumenical Foundation of Southern Africa), Institute for Theological and Interdisciplinary Research.
FOREWORD: During two invigorating days, academics, research students and community leaders came together to discuss the challenges of social transformation, the definition and role of leadership in the transformation, and the role of various healing processes in achieving reconciliation. The intellectually stimulating deliberations confirmed on the basis of case studies that social transformation fails when leadership fails. The concept of leadership was interrogated by several of the presenters. What emerges is that leadership comes from within the individual – it is an inner passion – and that the leader is a servant of society rather than a commander of people. The role of leadership should not be perceived as restricted to local, regional and national governments, but is necessary at all levels of society: it is a collective responsibility. To seek change we must first embrace the change.