n Conflict Trends - The challenges of leadership in post-conflict transitions : lessons from Africa - : feature

Volume 2006, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Studies of leadership seek broad understanding of the relations between personality and context-driven factors in decision-making. Personalities and institutions interact in the exercise of authority and mobilisation of resources to meet societal needs. Typically, institutions constrain and discipline individuals as they exert authority and establish priorities. Civil conflicts, however, often create an imbalance between individuals and institutions, decimating rules and structures while heightening the roles of individuals in the leadership equation. A core element of post-conflict reconstruction is to redress this imbalance by resurrecting (or creating anew) institutional rules that lend order to individual action.

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