A Big Frog in a Small Pond or a Giant of Asia? Understanding the Political Leadership Style of Lee Kuan Yew

H.M.S. Amanda Herath

Global Politics Review
Vol. 1, No. 1 (October 2015): 35-52.
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1238582
GPR ID: 2464-9929_v01_i01_p35
Published: 30 October 2015

Abstract: The passing of a national political leader, widely regarded as a world figure, marked the beginning of the year 2015. The long standing Senior Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew left an undeniably significant mark upon the political leadership sphere. In order to assess his intriguing leadership style I will be using three theoretical models namely; Kouzes and Posner Model (1995), Blondel Model (1987) and Simonton Model (1988). The paper will mainly focus on Lee Kuan Yew’s attempts at building a new Singaporean Identity from a multiethnic pluralistic society. By this exercise I try to answer the question of whether another leader can adopt Lee Kuan Yew’s leadership style as a guiding principle.

Key Words: Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore, Political Leadership, Identity, Leadership Styles.

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