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Personal Growth, African Style is a different and unique writing on alternative leadership based on the theory and practice of African humanity  and a much needed guide to connect to authentic self and drive change in the world.

When I bought this book I was researching leadership style (business and politics) that is uniquely African. Given the fact that leadership styles differ. The leadership style of the West is different to that of the East, therefore what is the leadership style for Africa.

Personal Growth, African Style brings a different approach to leadership based on the African humanity values of uBuntu and iSintu. The authors, highly qualified in the fields of coaching, leadership and African beliefs, explore the importance of a communally expressed, inspirational and visionary leadership for a more human world.

The book focuses on personal growth and expanding one’s self-awareness, introducing the five pillar model of learning framework Being, Becoming, Knowing, Doing, Living and Learning Together.

It is a practical guide with a variety of readings, tools and exercises that invite the reader to self-discovery and self-awareness. Children, students, educators, individuals or groups will find the exercises intriguing and personal, providing a fascinating journey into the depths of their human beings, their knowledge and values.



I have read it several times. I use it a lot as a reference when I give speeches or write articles. I like the fact that it has poems, it has a lot of African proverbs and it has practical exercices. I highly recommend it.

This book is beautifully subtle. Its a soft read (literally and figuratively), it is not melodramatic, there is something peaceful about it. I love it and I will keep it for a long time.

Some of the quotes I underlined in the book:

– “Nobody can teach me who I am. You can describe parts of me, but who I am – and what I need – is something I have to find out myself.” -Chinua Achebe

– “It is said that what the world needs now is LOVE, and they are right. uBuntu is about connecting with and acting through heart. ” Where there is love there is no darkness.” ~ Burundi Proverb

– Here is an exercise adapted from Personal Growth African Style for Mandela day. “Imagine for a few moments that you could absorb Mandela’s greatness into your own life and into your own mind. Drawing from his inspiration and his knowledge, what three attitudes in your own life would you want to change?” Make a commitment to this change by writing down your change strategies and then do them

– “One of the great problems of mankind is that we suffer from a poverty of the spirit which stands in glaring contrast to our scientific and technological abundance. The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. …Our hope for creative living in this world house that we have inherited lies in our ability to re- establish the moral ends of our lives in personal character and social justice. Without this spiritual and moral reawakening we shall destroy ourselves in the misuse of our instruments …One of the best proofs that reality hinges on moral foundations is the fact that when men and governments work devotedly for the good of others, they achieve their own enrichment in the process… From time immemorial men have lived by the principle that self preservation is the first law of life. But this is a false assumption. I would say that the other-preservation is the first law of life… The self cannot be self without other selves.” – Martin Luther King

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Personal Growth, African Style by Barbara Nussbaum, Sudhanshu Palsule and Velaphi Mkhize

  1. Please consider for review or interview the multi-genre, inspirational book The Way of the Fairy Godmother. Blending the wisdom of fairy tales and positive psychology, written in fairy speak, The Way of the Fairy Godmother will inspire you with practical applications to enrich life

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