|A long time educational leader from
the Solomon Islands, Dr. Kabini Sanga earned his doctorate
from the University of Saskatchewan and continues steadfastly
and passionately in his catalytic work of developing Pacific
Islander leadership capacity through various unique initiatives.
Professor Keith Walker is a friend and colleague
of Kabini Sanga, who, with Dr. Sanga, has a high view of
the potential of Solomon Islanders to arise in the midst
of their current challenges to attain their high calling
as a united nation of diverse and talented people who will
become respected around the world for the quality of their
Sanga, K., & Walker, K. (2005). Apem
moa: Solomon Islands leadership. Wellington: Institute for
Research & Development in Mori and Pacific Education,
Victoria University of Wellington.
The Forward of this book is written by The
Hon. Justice Albert R. Palmer CBE, Chief Justice of Solomon
||Introduction: The book
begins “If there are dark periods in the life
of a country, then 1999 to 2003 was such for Solomon
Islands. Devastating intra-societal armed conflict
[national unrest] brought the country to its knees.” Into
this context the authors purpose to provide encouragement
to see the level of leadership in the Solomon Islands
rise to meet the demands and promises of better days.
||Leadership Challenges: This chapter
outlines the challenges at village and national levels.
The authors outline the importance of identifying challenges
and exercising leadership is courageous, wise and timely
||Leadership as Relationships of Influence:
This chapter focuses on defining influence, ways of
influencing others, why this is important, and how
it may be improved.
||Foundations for Leadership: Chapter
4 deals with value dilemmas, the importance of ethical
principles, and ways of improving ones ability to be
||Guiding Constraints for Leadership
Conduct: The authors propose in this chapter that adhering
to codes of conduct is an effective and minimal way
of dealing with leadership challenges.
||Listening to Personal Conscience:
What are the sources of personal conscience? Of what
importance is personal conscience? How might one improve
or nurture their conscience as a leader? These are
questions posed and addressed in Chapter 6.
|| Leader Convictions: The polarity
of political values and dreams are often held in tension
as leaders and their constituents work to build a good
civil society. This chapter focuses on understanding
these oppositional values and on creating respectful
dialogue rather than dysfunctional conflict.
|| Integrity in Leadership: Chapter
8 gives meaning to the phrase “leadership integrity,” outlines
why integrity is important, how it helps leaders and
how people become leaders with integrity.
|| The Role of Leader-development:
The focus of attention for this chapter is on the role
of leadership to build other leaders within their organizations
and the community.
||The Role of Stewards: The five basic
principles of stewardship and how stewardship can be
improved are enumerated in Chapter 10.
||To Lead is to Serve: The national
motto of the Solomon Islands is “to lead is to
serve” – What then does it mean when we
understand leadership as service? What are the marks
of servant-leaders and how might leaders improve their
ability to serve?
||Leadership by Ordinary People: While
the authors have aimed to encourage community leaders,
including: politicians, the clergy, senior government
officials, school teachers, senior students, church
lay [wo]men, village chiefs, big-men, and elders, they
believe that ordinary people in all walks of life need
to be active citizen-leaders. This chapter provokes
readers to see that regardless of one’s position,
leadership and followership are the dual callings for
all active citizens.
||Conclusion: This chapter synthesizes
the contents of the book into a framework for leadership,
as a primer for ethical leadership in the Solomon Islands.
|| Leadership Health Check Survey – Self-assessment
|| Leadership Health Check Survey – Observer-assessment
The book is illustrated by cartoonist Gary
Fa’aitoa of East Malaita (Solomon Islands) who is a
lawyer by profession. The book is also has numerous photographs
of current and emerging Solomon Island leaders as well as
events focused on leadership development in Solomon Islands
*Apem Moa is Solomon Islands Pijin for “raising the