Educational Research

Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 3(9), pp. 723-731, September, 2012         
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Motivation and Leadership according to Lao Tzu’s 3 Treasures

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 12 August, 2012; Accepted 27 September, 2012


In this paper, the researcher-author relates the applications and benefits of Lao Tzu’s three greatest treasures: simplicity, patience and compassion – to motivation and leadership. This paper includes a research model, research methodology and its findings, discussions as well as an analysis with its concluding remarks. The use of the three treasures of Lao Tzu is really useful for a leader in terms of motivating oneself and one’s followers as well as those whom one leads and cares for. Here, the university don has, in most ways, turned the Chinese philosophy of Taoism into leadership and management lessons and their applications.


Keywords: Simplicity, patience, compassion, love, leadership, motivation.


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