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Research and study of leadership in Bangladesh

2013-12-24 02:09:27

 

The progress of any country depends on her leaders. These leaders do not mean only political leaders, though mass people mean/think political leaders when they utter or hear the word leader. In reality, the progress of any country depends on her leaders in every field, from politics to academics, research, business and social work. However, it largely depends on political leaders, as they are the ultimate policy makers. Leaders in other areas play vital role by helping and sometimes forcing political leaders to develop right policy for their field.


If politicians don’t give due importance/notice/allocation to any specific field, then it is the responsibilities of the leaders of that field to draw the politicians’ notice, force them to give due importance and allocation. Similarly, if politicians try to make any wrong policy for any specific field, resisting it depends on the quality of leadership of that field/area.

 

The chaotic condition in Bangladeshi politics and poor performance of academics and research organizations reveal that we have poor leadership everywhere.  If we look at the conditions of our public universities, we realize how poor is the leadership quality of our VCs.  How the universities of a country will do depends on both the ultimate leaders of the country, that is, politicians and immediate leaders of the universities, the VCs, deputy VCs. Anti-VC movements in the majority of the public universities in Bangladesh by pro-govt elements shows us putting finger into our eyes  the poor quality of leadership of the VCs appointed by the govt.

 

On the other hand, promotion of researchers always being an issue for movement within research organizations and poor performance are indicator of poor leadership in our research organizations.

 

 

Poor leadership in every sector is compatible with our poor research and study of leadership.

 

If we search the Scopus database (www.scopus.com) with the keyword leader in all fields, then 97 articles are available. If search in the abstract, article title, keywords, then only 30 articles come out for the year’s 1872-2013. If we search with the keyword leader in the article title, then only 3 articles are available with affiliation country Bangladesh. This means only 97 articles have the word leader in the content, whatever context the word has come in those articles.  Only 30 articles are serious about leader as this word is found in the article title, abstract or key words.  In reality, three articles are really about leadership as only three articles come when we search leader in the article title from Bangladesh.  Among these three articles, “Ethics and leadership skills in the public service” by Sonia Haq, affiliated to Chittagong University, Bangladesh and Hacettepe University, Turkey is the only article from Bangladesh purely focused on leadership. It is a conference paper.

 

The following table may give idea how other countries are  researching and studying leadership(based on leader in the article title )

COUNTRY

Artiles

United States

7553

United Kingdom

1914

Australia

882

Canada

806

Germany

367

Netherlands

339

China

322

Sweden

211

New Zealand

207

Spain

188

Taiwan

184

Hong Kong

175

Norway

170

Malaysia

162

Israel

150

France

142

Turkey

141

India

141

Switzerland

136

Singapore

129

South Africa

127

Finland

122

Japan

109

South Korea

98

Belgium

93

Italy

93

Iran

89

Denmark

78

Ireland

75

Brazil

72

Thailand

68

Austria

60

Portugal

59

Greece

55

Pakistan

53

Romania

46

United Arab Emirates

42

Nigeria

37

Mexico

31

Chile

31

Jordan

25

Cyprus

25

Indonesia

21

Argentina

20

Slovenia

19

Kenya

18

Colombia

17

Saudi Arabia

17

Egypt

17

Russian Federation

16

Poland

15

Philippines

15

Croatia

13

Hungary

13

Lithuania

12

Venezuela

12

Lebanon

11

Serbia

11

Ghana

10

Oman

9

Sri Lanka

9

Bahrain

9

Czech Republic

9

Botswana

8

Jamaica

8

Zimbabwe

8

Kazakhstan

7

Viet Nam

7

Cuba

6

Trinidad and Tobago

6

Qatar

6

Uganda

6

Ethiopia

5

Estonia

5

Nepal

5

Fiji

4

Peru

4

Macao

4

Puerto Rico

4

Kuwait

4

Slovakia

4

Tanzania

4

Ecuador

3

Germany (Democratic Republic, DDR)

3

Brunei Darussalam

3

Bosnia and Herzegovina

3

Bhutan

3

Barbados

3

Bangladesh

3

Ukraine

3

Uruguay

3

Malawi

3

Zambia

3

Liechtenstein

2

Iceland

2

Mauritius

2

Guatemala

2

Georgia

2

Palestine

2

Papua New Guinea

2

Dominican Republic

2

Burkina Faso

2

Bulgaria

2

Costa Rica

2

Albania

2

Senegal

2

Algeria

2

Luxembourg

2

Cameroon

2

Haiti

1

Paraguay

1

Gambia

1

Rwanda

1

Saint Lucia

1

Djibouti

1

Tunisia

1

El Salvador

1

Latvia

1

Malta

1

Solomon Islands

1

Lesotho

1

Cambodia

1

Niger

1

Bahamas

1

Macedonia

1

Grenada

1

Virgin Islands (U.S.)

1

Yemen

1

Zaire

1

Swaziland

1

Vanuatu

1

   
   
   
   

 

 

This picture reveals how poorly leadership is being studied and researched in Bangladesh. No university has school of leadership or center for leadership study.

 

Why we don’t study or research leadership in our academics? Is it the result of thinking that leadership is God gifted and it cannot be developed or improved? Then why other nations investing in leadership study and research?

 

However, by virtues and by responsibilities every human being is leader of varying levels and everyone’s leadership ability can be improved to next level by training/teaching.  A third grade leader might not be made first grade leader but he surely can be made second grade or at least better third grade. So Bangladeshi universities should open school/institute/center of leadership to research on leadership to develop policy, procedure and process to improve leadership of our politicians, academics, researchers and businessmen.Because "everything falls and rises on leadership".- John C Maxwell

Editors Notes:    Ethics and leadership skills in the public service is available as PDF file in the file section of "Scientific Bangladesh" Facebook group.

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