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 Yi,we had come across and tried to apply several type of theory. Just to name afew, Be-Know-How, Kouzes and Posner and Hudson Leadership Model. After takingall the consideration and possiblitiy, we found out that the best approach todescribe and to apply on our leader is through Path-goal Leadership.
The founder of Goal-path Leadership, Robert J. House developed this theory in 1971. Path-Goalis a type of leadership theory that emphasizes on establishing a clear path togoal achievement. Leadership styles that are associated with this theoryincludes achievement-oriented, directive, participative and supportiveleadership. 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 claimed that some of his meninfiltrated into Japanese camp in Busan and set the military provisions,weapons, and some of enemy soldiers on fire. Nevertheless, another report thatrevealed it was Lee Won Ik and Chung Hee Won who should be rewarded by the featinstead. Yi later claimed the report might have been fraudulent since he onlyrelied on the words of his subordinates who reported to Yi.
Still, false reportto 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.