Face Management and Servant-Leadership

Location: Jepson Room 108
Date: Fri, April 20
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Leaders can have a negative impact on organizations when they knowingly or unknowingly attempt to save face, that is, try to protect their standing or reputation. The strong cultural value against not losing face presents a unique challenge for organizational leaders. The desire to gain face and the fear of losing face will likely permeate leaders decision-making processes without even being noticed. The phenomenon of face exists both in China and in the United States, yet misunderstandings or a lack of understanding of face exist in both countries. Face management is the communicative strategies people take to manage face during social interactions. The purpose of this hermeneutic phenomenological study is to explore the essence of face management, the relationship between face management and two characteristics of servant-leadership--awareness and healing--with a sample of Christian church leaders in China and the United States. This presentation will focus on the reserch proposal. 

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