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What Leadership Looks Like in Different Cultures

Source |2017-06-27T18:08:04-07:00May 6th, 2016|Categories: Resource|Tags: , , |

What makes a great leader? Although the core ingredients of leadership are universal (good judgment, integrity, and people skills), the full recipe for successful leadership requires culture-specific condiments. The main reason for this is that cultures differ in their implicit theories of leadership, the lay beliefs about the qualities that individuals need to display to be considered leaders. Depending on the cultural context, your typical style and behavioral tendencies may be an asset or a weakness.

Getting to Si, Ja, Oui, Hai, and Da

Source |2017-06-27T18:08:07-07:00Dec 15th, 2015|Categories: Resource|Tags: , , |

What gets you to “yes” in one culture gets you to “no” in another. To be effective, a negotiator must have a sense of how his counterpart is reacting. Does she want to cooperate? Is she eager, frustrated, doubtful? If you take stock of subtle messages, you can adjust your own behavior accordingly. In an international negotiation, however, you may not have the contextual understanding to interpret your counterpart’s communication—especially unspoken signals—accurately. When managers from different parts of the world negotiate, they frequently misread such signals, reach erroneous conclusions, and act in ways that thwart their ultimate goals.

Dare to disagree

Source |2017-07-07T18:30:40-07:00Jun 15th, 2012|Categories: Resource|Tags: , , , , , |

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers — and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.

The Power of Introverts

Source |2017-06-27T18:08:07-07:00Feb 15th, 2012|Categories: Resource|Tags: , , , |

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary Talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

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