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Modelling Māori leadership: What makes for good leadership?

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Author(s): Selwyn Katene

Journal: MAI Review
ISSN 1177-5904

Volume: 2010;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Indigenous leadership | traditional and contemporary Māori leaders | transformational and transactional leadership theory

ABSTRACT
This paper concerns itself with various leadership theories that help explain what makes for good leadership, from a Māori perspective. Transformational leadership models are evident throughout the history of Māori in Aotearoa whether that leadership was of a charismatic, religious, military or socio-political nature. Traditional and contemporary Māori leadership has been characterised by leaders who shared a vision, a sense of mission and an agreed course of action, and who earned the respect, confidence and loyalty of their followers, as a group and individually, through their inspirational leadership.
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