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Book: The Power of African Thinking - About Ubuntu, unifying leadership and a new world by Leontine van Hooft

Book: The Power of African Thinking - About Ubuntu, unifying leadership and a new world by Leontine van Hooft

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Leontine van Hooft

Author Leontine van Hooftabout this book: The Gift of Africa: Ubuntu, the humanistic philosophy.

It is the essence of being human, it embraces hospitality, caring about others, being willing to go the extra mile for the sake of others. A person is a person through others. Therefore Ubuntu clearly shows that we cannot function without being part of a stronger connection. Ubuntu is based on the principles of: respect, trust, courage, entrepreneurship, compassion and dignity. Good leaders approach their employees from a perspective of human value rather than superior attitude. If people feel truly connected with each other, there exists a dynamic of positive energy which can lead to great results. Tribal leaders strongly connected and closely linked to their employees and they know how to create a climate of trust, where people are encouraged to grow and learn from their mistakes. They are intuitive listeners, they know how to stimulate and motivate people and give them self-confidence. They are able to approach everything, including the company, from a wide context, which means that they put the 'I exist because of we' principle into practice.

Ubuntu is now able to take its rightful place on the world's stage, which means that the African Renaissance can serve as an example for the western world. Ubuntu in fact offers to the western world suggestions and requirements for a better life, both for the individual and his surroundings, and for sustainable economic development. A strongly rooted tribal principle has contributed to rapid economic growth in African countries. The people of Bhutan used Ubuntu principle and they believe in Gross National Happiness not Gross National Product which according to them leads to greediness and corruption. They have successfully used it in their government and their happiness is measure by number of children playing in the streets. In South Africa it is called Ubuntu, In Zimbabwe its Hunhu, in Tanzania its Ujamaa, in Botswana its Botho, Umundu in Kenya e.t.c. Ubuntu is being implemented in Botswana, Tanzania, South Africa, Ghana, Liberia and other African countries.

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