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.
- 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
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.
Chapter 2: Understanding the Basics of Culture
Understanding the Basics of Culture
Learning about cultural differences is important for international managers, because behavioral mistakes and misattribution can lead to dysfunctional relationships and can be a cause of poor organizational performance. There are many definitions of culture, and our goal here is to present some ideas that business practitioners may find useful when thinking about culture. We present seven perspectives that may help practitioners deal with cultural differences effectively.
Culture Often Entails a Knee-Jerk Response to Behavioral Settings
A teacher walks into a class in South Asia (India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka), and students stand up. This is unlikely in Western societies. The behavior of South Asian students is automatic, and the meaning—that students ...