The Social Embeddedness of Leadership: Unfolding the Trajectories of Individual Policy Capacity in Regional Development in East Java, Indonesia

Falih Suaedi, Wildan Taufik Raharja, Ayu Puspita Ningrum

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Abstract

Leadership competencies act as a precursor in catalysing bureaucratic reform and propelling long-term development, yet the multitude of political tensions and policy conundrums has called for a deeper examination of the individual capabilities needed to satisfy public expectations. Taking on a comparative case study approach in East Java, Indonesia, we dissect the dynamic relationship between leadership competencies, individual policy capacity and regional development, positioning that these three elements form a symbiotic capability matrix that transcends their individual boundaries. We unveil how autonomous and proactive leaders, while operating within established structures and networks, leverage the power of social embeddedness, thus crystallizing it as an integral pillar for successful regional development. Through the embodiment of interdependence and relational dynamics, we foster a paradigm shift from an individualistic perspective to a context-aware, relation-centred approach within leadership and regional development landscapes.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMillennial Asia
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023

Keywords

  • Policy capacity
  • developing countries
  • public leadership
  • regional development
  • social embeddedness

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