Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Women's effective leadership in contemporary Taiwanese churches
by Park, Yoo Jin Deborah, Ph.D., Biola University, 2014, 211; 3621907
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this grounded theory study was to understand and describe key factors contributing to the success of Taiwanese women leaders in the predominantly male context of contemporary churches in Taiwan. Participants included five effective female senior pastors and fourteen followers from these leaders' churches. Data were collected using in-depth, semi-structured interviews and participant observations. Data analysis yielded six major leadership characteristics in three dimensions: (a) Interactive dimension—spiritual leadership, relational leadership, team-building leadership, (b) Task dimension—organizational leadership, productive leadership, and (c) Change dimension—visionary leadership.

There is no rigid, linear, step-by-step progressive relationship among the six characteristics; rather, the linkage is reciprocal. Further, despite individual differences, all six major leadership characteristics were present in all leader participants. Also, while all leaders clearly saw spiritual leadership as the most essential, all the qualities were deemed important.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Starcher, Richard L.
Commitee: Hayward, Douglas, Steffen, Tom
School: Biola University
Department: Cook School of Intercultural Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 75/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Asian Studies, Educational leadership, Religious education
Keywords: Christian leadership, Effective leadership, Grounded theory, Organizational culture, Taiwanese churches, Women's leadership
Publication Number: 3621907
ISBN: 9781303933851
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