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Understanding Leadership: Conceptions of Leadership from Both First- and Second-Generation Korean-American Pastors' Perspectives
by Cho, James Youshin, Ph.D., Biola University, 2017, 187; 10280742
Abstract (Summary)

This study used grounded theory to understand how the first two generations of Korean- American pastors conceptualize leadership. Interviews were conducted with both first- and second-generation Korean-American pastors both in Northern and Southern California. This study discovered that the first-generation Korean-American concept of leadership is heavily influenced by Confucian thought where the ideal leader is called by God. In response, the leader regularly practices the rites of spirituality, prayer and sacrifice. The practice of these rites gives the first-generation pastor legitimacy in exercising authority over his congregation. In contrast, the second-generation leadership model appears to be influenced by being in the Millennial generation. Two of the key aspects of Millennial desire for their work environment are (a) maximizing the balance of work and life and (b) the strong desire for mentorship. Both of these are highly evident in the second-generation concept of leadership. Legitimacy for exercising authority within the second-generation comes from the sacrifice demonstrated in the mentoring relationship. Comparing both generations concept of leadership to Bass’ (1999) four aspects of transformational leadership, this study discovered that both generations can fit into Bass’ model of transformational leadership. Applying Pearce’s (2004) coordinated management of meaning to understand the intercultural communication issues present between the two generations, this study discovered that although the terminology of both generations were similar, the undergirding concept was quite different and to some degree opposite.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McMahan, Alan
Commitee: Hayward, Douglas, Starcher, Richard L.
School: Biola University
Department: Intercultural Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 78/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Asian American Studies
Keywords: Conceptions, Generation, Korean american, Korean-american, Leadership, Pastors, Second-generation
Publication Number: 10280742
ISBN: 978-1-369-75239-7
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