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Leading in Cross-Cultural Contexts

With the globalization of the economy and the internationalization of higher education, students and faculty are more likely to be engaging with peers across national borders than ever before. This cross-cultural communication may influence institutional values, beliefs, and norms, in addition to introducing new stakeholders who represent potential collaborators and competitors on a global scale. Therefore, leaders in higher education must be able to navigate these cross-cultural contexts through increased awareness, flexibility, and empathy. This entry provides an overview of leading in cross-cultural contexts, then explores the qualities leaders need in order to successfully navigate these contexts.

Overview

The problem with most leadership development is the perpetuation of individualistic and ethnocentric views of what it means to be a leader. Contemporary authors further promote a Western perception ...

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