Confucius as transformational leader : lessons for ESL Leadership
Bi, Leilei, Ehrich, John Fitzgerald, & Ehrich, Lisa C. (2012) Confucius as transformational leader : lessons for ESL Leadership. International Journal of Educational Management, 26(4), pp. 391-402.
Purpose - This paper explores the leadership values and practices of Confucius in the light of transformational leadership theory.
Design/methodology/approach - This paper is literature based.
Findings - The paper discusses four key dimensions of transformational leadership theory: idealised influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation and individualized consideration and uses these as a framework for exploring the values of and teaching approach used by Confucius. The key message of the paper is that educational leaders have much to learn from a Confucian leadership style that is fundamentally transformational in nature and encompasses moral / ethical, socially critical, and democratic dimensions.
Practical implications - The paper presents a case study of an English as a Second Language (ESL) School and identifies several practical suggestions for ESL leaders to consider if they are to follow the tenets of Confucius’ teachings.
Originality/value - The paper is original as it links the values and practices of Confucius to transformational leadership theory and considers how this theory might look in practice for leaders within a contemporary ESL school context.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Additional Information:||Emerald EarlyCite Article|
|Keywords:||Educational administration, management, leadership|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)|
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2012 Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Deposited On:||23 Mar 2012 04:07|
|Last Modified:||25 Mar 2013 23:29|
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