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.

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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.

Impact and interest:

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ID Code: 49304
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Emerald EarlyCite Article
Keywords: Educational administration, management, leadership
DOI: 10.1108/09513541211227791
ISSN: 0951-354X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Administration Management and Leadership (130304)
Divisions: 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: 27 Jun 2017 05:00

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