Educational Research

Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 3(12), pp. 933-941, December, 2012         
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Asian leadership style and ways: the case of the leader being the boat, and his subjects the water

Prof. Dr. Kim Cheng Patrick Low

Ph.D. and Chartered Marketer, Certified MBTI Administrator and Certified Behavioral Consultant/ Universiti Brunei Darussalam; Professor of Management and Marketing/Associate, University of South Australia


Received 25 November, 2012; Abstract


The Asian leading ways or governance has frequently been criticized as predecessor, out-of-date or archaic to the liberal democracy and individual freedom advocated by the west. Here, the researcher-practitioner examines that in Asia, should the leaders want to be successful leaders, the needs of their people must indeed be catered to. Leaders must listen to the people’s voice, and that is important. In a gist, it is as democratic as the Western style and ways of leadership. There is support for the leaders, and the leaders can or will continue to be in power as long as there is the support of the people or the Heavenly Mandate exists.


Keywords: Heavenly Mandate, leaders, non-leaders, people's needs, people's support, Confucius, Lao Zi, Zhuang Zi, self-cultivation.

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