- List of Contributors
- Puzzles of Political Leadership
- Western Political Thought
- Theory of Democratic Leadership
- Political Science
- Public Administration
- Political Psychology
- Psychoanalytic Theories
- Social Psychology
- Rational Choice Approaches to Leadership
- Institutional Analysis
- Contextual Analysis
- Decision Analysis
- Social-Constructionist Analysis
- Rhetorical and Performative Analysis
- Experimental Analysis
- Observational Analysis
- At-A-Distance Analysis
- Biographical Analysis
- Personality Profiling Analysis
- Civic Leadership
- Party and Electoral Leadership
- Populism and Political Leadership
- Performative Political Leadership
- Political Leadership in Networks
- Political Leadership in Times of Crisis
- Leadership and the American Presidency
- Presidential Communication from Hustings to Twitter
- Executive Leadership in Semi-Presidential Systems
- The Variability of Prime Ministers
- The Contingencies of Prime-Ministerial Power in the UK
- Prime Ministers and their Advisers in Parliamentary Democracies
- Cabinet Ministers: Leaders, Team Players, Followers?
- Local Political Leaders
- Regional Political Leadership
- Leadership and International Cooperation
- Leadership of International Organizations
- Political Leadership in China
- Latin American Leadership
- Post-Communist Leadership
- African Political Leadership
- Can Political Leadership be Taught?
- Does Gender Matter?
- What Have We Learned?
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
For over two millennia, Confucianism has placed great emphasis on the importance of leadership in bringing about a good political order that not only takes care of the practical matters, but also generates a mutually trusting relationship between those who govern and those who are governed. To illustrate this notion of leadership, this chapter explores various aspects of Confucian leadership; it argues that, despite the fact that it is demanding to be a good leader, Confucianism insists that anyone can become one. All one needs to do is to pay attention to his or her virtuous nature as a human being and persistently develop in accordance with such nature. This chapter is divided into nine sections. Sections 1–3 seek to explicate the ideal ruler–ruled relationship and the importance of leadership relative to other factors such as institution in politics. Sections 4–7 shed light on different aspects of Confucian leadership. Section 8 briefly explains Confucianism’s view on how political leaders can be identified and selected. Section 9 offers an overview of the Confucian notion of political leadership.
Joseph Chan is professor at the Department of Politics and Public Administration, The University of Hong Kong. He has recently completed a book manuscript tentatively titled Confucian Political Philosophy: A Critical Reconstruction for Modern Times. He obtained his undergraduate degree in political science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, his MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and his Dphil from Oxford University. He teaches political theory and researches in the areas of contemporary liberalism and perfectionism, Confucian political philosophy, human rights, and civil society.
Elton Chan is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at The University of Hong Kong, where he received his undergraduate degree in political theory and history. His research focuses on Confucianism and political philosophy.
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