Development of Buddhist Leadership Model for Thai Educational Administrators
The purpose of this research-article was to develop and propose Buddhist leadership model for Thai educational administrators. Mixed methods research in nature comprising qualitative research and quantitative research was conducted. The quantitative method used questionnaires to collect data from 99 respondents. Quantitative data was analyzed by using descriptive statistics, Pearson correlation coefficient, and Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) using LISREL. In qualitative research, data was collected from 13 key informants using in-depth interview and data was analyzed by using descriptive method with the analytical technique 6 C’s. Research results indicated that Thai educational administrators were usually full of knowledge and effort of their profession development. The developed model of Buddhist leadership for Thai educational administrators fit with empirical data. For qualitative results showed that Thai administrators always practiced and followed Buddhist doctrine and discipline to directly create their leadership performance. They integrated the four noble truths for leadership practicing and development. In the aspect of Buddhist leadership model, the model included the conceptual framework leading to the identification with behavioral dimension, physical dimension, mental dimension, wisdom dimension and charismatic dimension. In addition, the Buddhist leadership model of educational administrator could be integrated with Buddha dhamma in balance. For further suggestion, educational organizations should develop strategic plan for Thai educational administrators in order to enhance their abilities in Buddhist leadership by providing the curriculum for administrators integrated with modern science efficiently.