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Confucius as transformational leader: lessons for ESL leadership

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posted on 2023-08-25, 04:12 authored by Leilei Bi, John Ehrich, Lisa C Ehrich
Purpose: This paper aims to explore 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: idealized 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's 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. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

History

Sub-type

  • Article

Publication title

International Journal of Educational Management

Volume

26

Issue

4

Pagination

391-402

ISSN

0951-354X

Department/School

Education

Publisher

Emerald

Publication status

  • Published

Rights statement

Copyright 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited