Leadership Behavior Theory and Practice-Research of the Case Leadership Behavior Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore

Author: Yung-Chang Chang

Advisor: Marion Chyun-Yang Wang - chair,Shu-Chuan Yeh - co-chair,Yi-Ren Dzeng - advisor,Samuel C. Y. Ku - advisor

Educational level: Master

Discipline: Political Science

University: Sun Yat-Sen University

Abstract: leadership behavior">leadership behavior theory and practice-Research of the case leadership behavior">leadership behavior Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore.Abstract  Leadship capability is not only inherent, it must be created by leaning and training also. And the leadership should have characteristics, which depends on the surroundings. Basically leadership has three types, which are dictatorship, laissez-faire, democratic. A leader must be responsible for his subordinates, team and superintendents. Excellent morality and advanced knowledge are the requisites for a good leader. The goal of leadship behavior is to prevent the troubles about people and things, then furthermore start his career and make contributions to the peoples. Finally he is to earn the sympathy of the crowd and erect his enterprise.  The leadership behavior">leadership behavior is show of creative intelligence and skill during solving the problems of “people” and “matters”. It condenses the moral, wisdom, experience, ability and social relationship of the leader and displays the outstanding enchantment and boldness. It depends on the brain to operate powerfully, make use of main theme, depend on concentrate one’s attention.  leadership is an very important intellect, it needs both theory and applications. In the daily life and the process of dealing the human affairs, people experience the tastes of leading and being lead. However, in the history, it is not difficult to find that some leaders are very prominent and bring happiness to human being, while some are very bad, caused masses in anguish and distressed. The public would justify that he is a success or a failure. Singapore is well known as a “garden city” as well as a lawful nation. The government is famous for it “being small with strength and being capable with uprightness”. The leader, Lee Kuan Yew is the greatest contributor. Although he is criticized as tyrant, arbitrary, authoritative, he had been always persisting in his idea, not excited by the Western merits, advocacy “Asian Values” and “Confucianism” executing his “Eastern leadership">authoritarian leadership style”. Under his conduct, Singapore changes from head to feet and is praised as a miracle of “politics and economics” in the world.  Surely, that a country is strong or feeble depends on many aspects but the leader with sapience and characteristics of a statesman plays the main role. As is said, “soldiers moves around their general”, a leader constantly creates environments, then the people become accustomed in the district and go with his action as the leader go along with the timely opportunity, topographical advantage and social harmony. Lee Kuan Yew and his elitist cadres established the stable foundation for burgeoning by means of subjugating, candid, sagacious and practical leading style. We can examine the leadership">political leadership manner of Lee Kuan Yew carefully?How he exert the leadership ability to confront challenge, break through predicament, overcome troubles and finally win the victory, shows boldness, intelligent resolution, braveness of a statesman everywhere. Anyway we can learn much more from Lee Kuan Yew.

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Keywords: authoritarian leadership, Lee Kuan Yew, Confucianism, leadership behavior, Asian Values, political leadership, leadership, Singapore


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