The Evolution of Effective Leadership Practices in Farmers' Associations in Swaziland

The Evolution of Effective Leadership Practices in Farmers' Associations in Swaziland

Keregero J. B. Keregero (National University of Lesotho, Lesotho) and Mariam B. M. Keregero (National University of Lesotho, Lesotho)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8589-5.ch010
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Abstract

This Chapter discusses the evolution of leadership practices in farmers' associations, noting that associations are, typically, not alien to Swazis. It identifies leadership structures and support systems. It reveals that members of farmers' associations are aware of their available leadership structures and support systems and utilize them in day-to-day interaction with their associations; and consider most structures to be operating effectively, except for failure to circulate minutes of some meetings. Members also consider support systems to be operating effectively. The major challenges that ought to be addressed include: failure to recognize youth and women as potential leaders, and to follow the constitution; formation of cliques; abuse of power; favoritism and nepotism; lack of transparency among leaders; inadequate business and leadership training among office bearers; lack of trust between members and leaders; jealousy and enmity among leaders; infighting among and between members and leaders; and interference from chiefs.

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