Dr. Valerie Arguello is deeply committed to the formation of emerging leaders and the fostering of kingdom ministry that engages the needs of the world with the redemptive power of the gospel and the life-changing truth of Scripture. Currently she is a partner of a boutique consulting firm dedicated to serving the public and private sectors, providing organizational leadership consulting, and utilizing an integration of leadership development training, coaching, and mentoring in her interaction with organizational leaders. She is passionate about promoting local sustainability in global nonprofit organizations, developing cross-cultural leadership, and providing leadership strategies for implementing effective change processes in small and midsize businesses. Her goal is to maintain a strong research agenda in designing and implementing leadership curriculum while contributing to the development of leadership models. Recently, she has published an African local leadership model for sustainability that perpetuates dignity and self-reliance among people groups that have been economically suppressed.
Valerie is a Beta Phi Scholar and holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Human Resource Development from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Her dissertation is entitled, Exploring the Relationship Between Learner Autonomy and Sustainability in Global Missions: A Case Study of Kenyan Leaders. Additionally, she has earned a Master Divinity from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and a B.A. in English Literature from Arizona State University.
Leading an African Renaissance: Opportunities and Challenges
(Palgrave Studies in African Leadership)
Editors: Kathleen Patterson & Bruce Winston
In this book edited by Kathleen Patterson and Bruce Winston, Dr. Valerie Arguello authored chapter 2, African Leadership as Jitegemea: A Model for Sustainability.
Jitegemea, in Swahili, is the movement toward being self-reliant. This chapter examines African leaders who overcome dependency upon Western constructs by prioritizing local culture, customs, solutions, and leadership practices. Leaders in Africa confront many challenges including political instability, weakened infrastructures, sparse resources and services, and limited technological implementations, as well as inherited patterns of dependency upon Western counterparts for organizational models, leadership practice, and financial support. A model for sustainability, as developed by Arguello, is presented that recommends effective African leaders implement local learning, develop greater capacities in local people, mobilize local solutions and resources, and dissolve unhealthy mindsets by building local confidence as a means for cultivating jitegemea within their followers and within themselves. Jitegemea, consequently, becomes a mode of personal and collective agency that leads to increased freedom for the African people. Ultimately, this chapter highlights the importance for African leaders to develop local confidence, learning, resources, and followers with the goal of decreasing their dependence upon foreign solutions and aid, and increasing their capability for long-term local sustainability.