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Transformative Political Leadership Making a Difference in the Developing World by Robert I. Rotberg

Transformative Political Leadership Making a Difference in the Developing World


Transformative Political Leadership Making a Difference in the Developing World by Robert I. Rotberg

Accomplished political leaders have a clear strategy for turning political visions into reality. Through well-honed analytical, political, and emotional intelligence, leaders chart paths to promising futures that include economic growth, material prosperity, and human well-being. Alas, such leaders are rare in the developing world, where often institutions are weak and greed and corruption strong - and where responsible leadership therefore has the potential to effect the greatest change. In Transformative Political Leadership , Robert I. Rotberg focuses on the role of leadership in politics and argues that accomplished leaders demonstrate a particular set of skills. Through illustrative case studies of leaders who have performed ably in the developing world - among them Nelson Mandela in South Africa, Seretse Khama in Botswana, Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore, and Kemal Ataturk in Turkey - Rotberg examines how these leaders transformed their respective countries. The importance of capable leadership is woefully understudied in political science, and this book will be an important tool in exploring how leaders lead and how nations and institutions are built.


Compelling, straightforward, and accessible, Transformative Political Leadership brings the insights of leadership studies to bear on the challenges of nation builders in the developing world. The result is a very thought-provoking addition to the field of development that is sure to stimulate healthy controversy. (William Ascher, Claremont McKenna College)

About the Author

Robert I. Rotberg is the former director of the Program on Intrastate Conflict and Conflict Resolution at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and former president of the World Peace Foundation. He is the author or editor of numerous books, among them When States Fail, China into Africa, and A Leadership for Peace.

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Publication date

11th May 2012


Robert I. Rotberg

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University of Chicago Press an imprint of The University of Chicago Press


216 pages


Political leaders & leadership



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