Comparison of leadership styles in Confucian Asian countries

Sunyoung Park, Soo Jeoung Han, Seog Joo Hwang, Chan Kyun Park

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The purpose of this study was to examine the overall impact of four leadership styles (charismatic, directive, participative, and supportive) in four Confucian Asian countries, China, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, by reviewing recent studies conducted in those countries. By reviewing 38 studies selected from 430 studies published between 2005 and 2016, we identify the impact of the four leadership styles in the four Asian countries. We start with the research question and purpose, and then propose criteria for selecting the relevant recent studies followed by a review of cultural heritage and its influence on leadership in the four Asian countries. We summarize and review the studies and, finally, discuss the theoretical and practical contributions of this study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-100
Number of pages10
JournalHuman Resource Development International
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Jan 1

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  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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