Educational Research

Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 3(9), pp. 698-705, September, 2012         
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Confucius’ teachings, good leadership and getting on top of office politics

Kim Cheng Patrick Low and  Ali Yusob Mohd. Zain

1Ph.D. and Chartered Marketer, Certified MBTI Administrator and Certified Behavioral Consultant/ Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Professor of Management and Marketing/Associate, University of South Australia

2Ph.D./Programme Leader, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Business, Economics and Policy Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam

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Received 29 August, 2012; Accepted 19 September, 2012


Office or organizational politics is examined and discussed in this article through the good leadership/Confucian visor. The practitioner-authors examine how a good leader, the Confucian practitioner, copes with and manages office politics and on-goings at the workplace. Among other things, the key strategies and pointers, seen from the Confucian leadership angle, include being bold and standing by one’s values, making things happen as well as continuously learning, learning and applying. This paper is an adaption of Low’s (2012) e-Leader CASA Berlin Conference paper presented on 5 June 2012.


Keywords: Disciplined leadership, Confucius, core values, supportive leadership, learning, competence, office politics.


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