Apem Moa* Solomon Islands Leadership
by Kabini Sanga and Keith Walker

(ISBN 0-475-12226-7)


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 citizen-leaders.

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 Islands

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 fashion.
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 principle-based.
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.
References
Leadership Health Check Survey – Self-assessment Tool
Leadership Health Check Survey – Observer-assessment Tool

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 and Vanuatu.

*Apem Moa is Solomon Islands Pijin for “raising the bar.