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Reforming Zimbabwe’s Institutions

This article examines the essentialism of leadership in reforming public institutions in Zimbabwe. While Zimbabwe is pursuing with the vigour the institutional reforms, there has been little success. The Chapter argues that good leadership is quality leadership and quality leadership is a highly ethical leadership. The crucial elements in the good governance being called for in Zimbabwe are effective, accountability, transparency, predictability and responsive to citizen needs. Reformers in Zimbabwe require a long-term perspective becauseof the fundamental changes demands sustained efforts, commitment, and leadership. Mistakes and setbacks are a normal and inevitable part of the process. The big challenge is to perceive mistakes as learning opportunities, rather than using them as excuses for squashing the reform.

Keywords: leadership, institutional reforms, Zimbabwe, structure-agency theory