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Title: Leadership attributes in a cultural setting in Singapore
Authors: Zhang, Yenming
Issue Date: Sep-1993
Citation: Zhang, Y. (1993, September). Leadership attributes in a cultural setting in Singapore. Paper presented at the Seventh Annual Conference of the Educational Research Association, Singapore.
Abstract: Cultural aspects in leadership are becoming an indispensable yardstick measuring leadership effectiveness. This paper deals with one aspect of cultural leadership: a leader's character and leadership attributes. In terms of organizational culture, it is the basic values, beliefs, and expectations that will drive the organization. The leader, e.g. a school principal, has the responsibility to design and maintain a workplace as a framework with its unique environment and atmosphere in which teachers and administrators work. It is attempted in this paper to search for some approaches to 1) what are the required roles expected of a leader in building up the strengths of its culture? 2) What are the personal characters that one possesses to be a leader? 3) What are the leadership attributes that one has as a leader? And 4) How do these characters and attributes affect an organization's environment? This paper is the results of discussions with heads of departments of a number of schools, and interviews with school leaders in Singapore and in the United States. Presented in this paper are some marked character differences between leaders in a number of schools in the United States and those in the East like Singapore.
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