n Africa Education Review - 'Metaphors of leadership, metaphors of hope . . .' : life stories of black women leaders in South Africa

Volume 1, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1814-6627



This article, based on biographical narratives of black women leaders in South Africa, examines the idea of using multiple metaphors to expand creativity in respect of leadership. Metaphor is both a tool for shaping perspectives as well as site for constructing meaning (through paradox and oxymoron), and thus was particularly illuminating as a critical lens through which to view the three African women's leadership of hope in the hopelessness of the world of schooling. As women describe their lives and experiences, they often use metaphors to capture their frustrations and perceived barriers, as well as the effects that motivate them.

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