Does Understanding and Knowledge of Taoist Philosophy Influences Corporate Leadership? A Qualitative Evidence from Malaysia

Law, Kian Aun; Soo, Khin Wah; Mohammad, Falahat Nejadmahani
July 2014
Australian Journal of Basic & Applied Sciences;Jul2014, Vol. 8 Issue 10, p272
Academic Journal
Background: The focs of this study is on the influence of Taoist philosophy on Chinese corporate leaders and leadership in Malaysia. A practical and theoretical understanding of the influence of Taoist philosophy on Chinese corporate leadership will not only contribute to the body of knowledge of leadership studies, but also provide a different perspective on the understanding of the intricacies and complexities of Chinese corporate leadership. Objective: Hence, two interdependent areas of interests, that is, the practice and theory in the study corporate leadership, within the framework of an understanding of leadership behavior actions, involving knowledge and understanding of Taoist philosophy, including values, ethics, morals and a review of leadership assumptions, within the context of Chinese corporate leaders in Malaysia, consciously or unconsciously applying their knowledge and understanding of Taoist philosophy to execute vision and implement change in their organizations to be examined. The qualitative design employed to answer the research questions is organized into four sections: (a) Sampling-selection of respondents, (b) instrumentation, (c) data collection, and (d) data analysis. Results:In this study, the findings indicated that the evaluated understanding of Taoist Philosophy on aspects of leadership is of paramount importance in achieving people harmony and organisational performance. it is noted that the respondent emphasizes the interrelatedness and relativity of everything in the world in the form of 'ying' and 'yang'. Such holistic thinking is applied and evidenced and reflected clearly by the respondent's vision and mission statements has also greatly contributed towards wisdom that derived from knowledge and understanding of Taoist philosophy in this study. Conclusion: Taoist philosophy is thus an inexhaustible source of values and wisdom for good leadership practice, and has succeeded in finding a place in the world of Malaysian Chinese corporate leadership. The magnitude of Taoist philosophy lies in its rich practical values as virtues witnessed in corporate leadership in Malaysia.


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