Paternalistic Leadership Emphasis on National Broadcasted Dramas in Turkey

Erhan Atay*

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This qualitative study takes the Turkish historical dramas Resurrection: Ertuğrul and Payitaht Abdülhamid on Turkish state television as its sample. The paternalist leadership characteristics exhibited by the main characters in these series are examined. It is found that Ertugrul and Abdulhamid are showed as paternalistic leaders who protect, care for, being benevolent, patient and are self-sacrificing for their followers. They are depicted as strong father-like figures, which is an important paternalistic leadership indicator. In this context, it can be concluded that Turkish national broadcasting agencies are communicating a message to the public that paternalistic leadership is the traditional and expected leadership style for the next generation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-60
Number of pages12
JournalAsian Journal of Information and Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2021
Externally publishedYes

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