Family, feudalism and selfishness: looking at Indonesian leadership through a wisdom lens

Fitri Oktaviani, David Rooney*, Bernard McKenna, Hannes Zacher

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Using Social Practice Wisdom (SPW) as a conceptual lens, we shed new light on destructive, selfish leadership and its negative effects. Our study highlights the negative effects on followers of leaders' selfishness, as well as lack of empathy and inauthenticity. Our work also sheds light on new cross-cultural leadership challenges in emerging economies like Indonesia. Analysis reveals deep tensions between Indonesian leaders' tendency to position themselves in self-serving discourses of feudalism and family, and what young, western educated Indonesian professionals now expect of leaders. Selfish leadership discourse and lack of leader wisdom jeopardize Indonesia's economic development. We argue that wise dialogical communication enhances wise leadership.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)538-563
Number of pages26
JournalLeadership
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • discourse
  • employee commitment
  • Indonesia
  • leadership
  • values
  • wisdom

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