Principle refer to CambridgeDictionary is a basic idea or rule that explains orcontrols howsomething happens or works and the meaning of leadership is the quality orability thatmakes a person a leader, or the position ofbeing a leader.
XX. Path-Goal Leadership. In determining the the best leadership principle to describe Admiral YiSun-Shin, we had come across and tried several type of theory.
Just to name afew, Be-Know-How, Kouzes and Posner and Hudson Leadership Model. After takingall the consideration and possibility, we found out that the best approach todescribe and to apply on our leader is through Path-Goal Leadership that developed by Robert J. Housein 1971.
Path-Goal is a type of leadership theory that emphasizes onestablishing a clear path to goal achievement. This leadership styles that are closelyassociated with four other leadership styles that are achievement-orientedleadership, directive, participative and supportive leadership. XX. In accordance to glorify this Path-Goal Leadership, it is a significantmethod that Admiral Yi Sun-Shin took up 320 year prior. Upon his appointment as navalcommander of the western part of Jeolla-do Province, Admiral Yi Sun-Shin anticipatedthat the war against Japan is inevitable and begin thoroughly prepared hisnaval force from the go. He set up the Korean Navy the path to glory holisticallymerely from nothing until to the extent of monitoring the supplying foods forhis soldiers and ensuring a proper war equipment and personal gears. This kindof gesture boost his soldier’s morale and had clearly demonstrated his kindnessand humanity.
XX. In order to achieve the goal that he already projected, he developedeffective training strategies for the navy and produced powerful weapons basedon his assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of enemies. Suchcomprehensive preparedness led him to victories in all of his naval battles.
Hedemonstrated his loyalty to the troops by treating them with respect andfighting amongst them even when endangered. He also beliefs in the value ofeach human life, the right of each person to be treated with dignity and theright of each to go in pursuit of happiness. NEGATIVE TRAITS XX. Obsession with Rewardand Recognition. During the Joseon Dynasty, generals, admirals, andother government officials all worked to be rewarded and recognized by theking. It was a typical culture of Joseon’s bureaucracy.
In that process ofreceiving rewards, conflicts among those people who achieved similar deedsoccurred frequently. Although Yi seems to be of a noble and a moral characterindifferent to rewards, he was not an exception in this struggle to berewarded. He also worked to be recognized by the king by often resorting tomethods unanticipated of him. XX. The rewards at the time were given according to the reports thatgenerals, admirals, and officials send to the government. Especially, formilitary battles, the king gave graded rewards in proportion to the number ofenemy heads each commander decapitated.
Consequently, although he initiallyagreed to file a report with joint signatures with his counterpart, he insteadsent an exclusive one only for himself. It can be assumed from this incidentthat Yi Sun Sin was not so different from any other military officials of thetime. XX. In another incident, Admiral Yi Sun-Shin claimed that some ofhis men infiltrated into Japanese camp in Busan and set the militaryprovisions, weapons, and some of enemy soldiers on fire. Nevertheless, anotherreport that revealed it was Lee Won Ik and Chung Hee Won who should be rewardedby the feat instead. Yi later claimed the report might have been fraudulentsince 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. Disloyaltytowards the King and the Nation. Yi’s battle history reveals aninteresting fact. Out of the 23 battles he fought, 15 took place in 1592, 1 in1593, 3 in 1594, 3 in 1597, and the last one in 1598. Vast majority of themtook place in the first year of the war, and Yi Sun Sin actually did not fightmany battles during the following years. This was because Yi refused to obeythe king’s order to wage battles owing to unfavourable circumstances. Yi’s actionby 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 crownprince, Gwanghaegun, to deliver his order face to face. Yet, Yi impertinentlyrefused to even meet him. This refusal was completely unacceptable according tothe laws then. It is a blatant evident that Yi was disrespectful and disloyalto the king and the nation.