Principle refer to Cambridge Dictionary is a basic idea or rule that explains or controls how something happens or works and the meaning of leadership is the quality or ability that makes a person a leader, or the position of being a leader. XX.
Path-Goal Leadership. In determining the the best leadership principle to describe Admiral Yi Sun-Shin, we had come across and tried several type of theory. Just to name a few, Be-Know-How, Kouzes and Posner and Hudson Leadership Model. After taking all the consideration and possibility, we found out that the best approach to describe and to apply on our leader is through Path-Goal Leadership that developed by Robert J. House in 1971. Path-Goal is a type of leadership theory that emphasizes on establishing a clear path to goal achievement.
This leadership styles that are closely associated with four other leadership styles that are achievement-oriented leadership, directive, participative and supportive leadership. XX. In accordance to glorify this Path-Goal Leadership, it is a significant method that Admiral Yi Sun-Shin took up 320 year prior. Upon his appointment as naval commander of the western part of Jeolla-do Province, Admiral Yi Sun-Shin anticipated that the war against Japan is inevitable and begin thoroughly prepared his naval force from the go. He set up the Korean Navy the path to gloryholistically merely from nothing until to the extent of monitoring the supplying foods for his soldiers and ensuring a proper war equipment and personal gears. This kind of gesture boost his soldier’s morale and had clearly demonstrated his kindness and humanity. XX.
In order to achieve the goal that he already projected, he developed effective training strategies for the navy and produced powerful weapons based on his assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of enemies. Such comprehensive preparedness led him to victories in all of his naval battles. He demonstrated his loyalty to the troops by treating them with respect and fighting amongst them even when endangered. He also beliefs in the value of each human life, the right of each person to be treated with dignity and the right of each to go in pursuit of happiness.
NEGATIVE TRAITS XX. Obsession with Reward and Recognition. During the Joseon Dynasty, generals, admirals, and other government officials all worked to be rewarded and recognized by the king. It was a typical culture of Joseon’s bureaucracy. In that process of receiving rewards, conflicts among those people who achieved similar deeds occurred frequently. Although Yi seems to be of a noble and a moral character indifferent to rewards, he was not an exception in this struggle to be rewarded.
He also worked to be recognized by the king by often resorting to methods unanticipated of him. XX. The rewards at the time were given according to the reports that generals, admirals, and officials send to the government. Especially, for military battles, the king gave graded rewards in proportion to the number of enemy heads each commander decapitated. Consequently, although he initially agreed to file a report with joint signatures with his counterpart, he instead sent an exclusive one only for himself.
It can be assumed from this incident that Yi Sun Sin was not so different fromany other military officials of the time. XX. In another incident, Admiral Yi Sun-Shin claimed that some of his men infiltrated into Japanese camp in Busan and set the military provisions, weapons, and some of enemy soldiers on fire. Nevertheless, another report that revealed it was Lee Won Ik and Chung Hee Won who should be rewarded by the feat instead. Yi later claimed the report might have been fraudulent since he only relied on the words of his subordinates who reported to Yi.
Still, false report to the king was considered a heavy crime in the Joseon Dynasty. XX. Disloyalty towards the King and the Nation.
Yi’s battle history reveals an interesting fact. Out of the 23 battles he fought, 15 took place in 1592, 1 in 1593, 3 in 1594, 3 in 1597, and the last one in 1598. Vast majority of them took place in the first year of the war, and Yi Sun Sin actually did not fight many battles during the following years.
This was because Yi refused to obey the king’s order to wage battles owing to unfavourable circumstances. Yi’s action by refusal to respond to crown prince’s call compounded to the King’s outrages. As Yi continuously refrained from fighting battles, King Seonjo sent his crown prince, Gwanghaegun, to deliver his order face to face. Yet, Yi impertinently refused to even meet him. This refusal was completely unacceptable according to the laws then. It is a blatant evident that Yi was disrespectful and disloyal to the king and the nation.