Department of Management


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Published in Leadership & Organization Development Journal, vol. 25, no. 6 (2004), pp. 512-527. doi 10.1108/01437730410556752


Copyright © 2004 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Used by permission.


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.