In the 21st century, effective leadership can be defined partially as having an ability to adapt and persevere in various cross-cultural environments. Concurrently, in an increasingly globalized environment, leadership requires a keen capacity for understanding and utilizing cultural diversity to build successful organizations.

Contemporary Leadership and Intercultural Competence is a breakthrough text that features contributing chapters from some of the world's leading scholars in the field of cross-cultural leadership. The book comprises 20 chapters that examine the evolving role of cultural diversity in the workplace, the application of cultural comprehension to organizations, and the measurement of various aspects of intercultural competence.

Key Features

  • A unique blend of theory and practical applications
  • Several breakthrough, first-of-their-kind chapters on topics such as leadership assessments that measure parameters of intercultural competence, the legal implications of cross-cultural leadership and trade, and the development and implementation of a multicultural vision
  • A plethora of modern examples that provide an accurate description of the contemporary landscape within organizations
  • Invigorating discussion questions at the conclusion of every chapter that engage students

Intended Audience

Contemporary Leadership and Intercultural Competence is an excellent text for graduate-level courses in Organizational Development, Organizational Behavior, Leadership Theory, Cross-Cultural Management, International Business, Human Resource Management, Educational Leadership, and Public Administration. The book will be of great interest to students, senior managers, cross-cultural management consultants, government leaders, and human resource practitioners.

Assessing Leadership Behavior as it Relates to Intercultural Competence

Assessing leadership behavior as it relates to intercultural competence
Charles M.Fischer

The effective contemporary leader displays a unique blend of behaviors, motivations, and skills that enables him or her to guide an organization to successful outcomes. During this process the leader is challenged to sustain vision, energy, and optimal personal interrelationships simultaneously, so that the organization may confront new objectives and challenges in the future.

As stated in Chapter 1, Northouse (2004) explained that “Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal” (p. 3). A homogeneous and familiar cultural environment permits a leader to focus on general communication styles and predictable group dynamics, but in today's global environment, the blend ...

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