"We need an iron hand, but the iron hand must be a clean hand": Contextualizing the practice of school leadership in Vietnam

Philip HALLINGER, Thang Dinh TRUONG, Gian Tu TRUNG

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Abstract

This chapter presents an overview of initial findings from our efforts to begin building a formal knowledge base on school leadership in Vietnam. The study addressed two broad questions. First, how does the context of education in Vietnam shape the role of school leaders, in particular principals? Second, what leadership orientation is evidenced in the practice of Vietnamese principals? The Vietnamese aphorism – "We need an iron hand, but the iron hand must be a clean hand" – highlights the metaphorical interplay of 'autocratic leadership' and 'moral leadership' that characterizes our preliminary model of Vietnamese school leadership. Copyright © 2018 selection and editorial matter, Kerry J. Kennedy and John Chi-Kin Lee; individual chapters, the contributors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge international handbook of schools and schooling in Asia
EditorsKerry J. KENNEDY, John Chi-Kin LEE
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherRoutledge
Pages1004-1014
ISBN (Electronic)9781315694382
ISBN (Print)9781138908499
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Citation

Hallinger, P., Thang, T. D., & Trung, G. T. (2018). "We need an iron hand, but the iron hand must be a clean hand": Contextualizing the practice of school leadership in Vietnam. In K. J. Kennedy & J. C.-K. Lee (Eds.), Routledge international handbook of schools and schooling in Asia (pp. 1004-1014). New York: Routledge.

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