A Specific Culture Of Leadership

938 Words Feb 7th, 2015 4 Pages
Infusing a specific culture(s) into one’s leadership, by far, is one of leadership’s greatest challenges. It could be said that culture dictates how leaders lead. In the culture of leadership itself, a leader must understand the context of what is happening around them and how information flows from one audience to the next (Barrett, 2014). Time, language, power, spirituality, tradition, and whether or not a specific culture is driven by collectivism or individualism are also to be considered within that culture of leadership (Barrett, 2014). Understanding these concepts drives how we lead, do business, and communicate with others within the melting pot of our own country and people of foreign lands. Culture shapes the leader’s ideals, personality traits, work values, and to a point, determines the pattern of leadership towards a specific culture (Wibbeke, 2014). It is by knowing other cultures that allows leaders to effectively lead and to connect the dots of differences that impact strategy (Soo, 2012, para. 2).
China, although a communist dictatorship, is expected to become the globe’s largest economy by the year 2030 (McFarlane, 2008). A large competent labor force, strong system of education, entrepreneurial culture, and massive government infrastructure investments allows China to stake its super power claim in the global economy (McFarlane, 2008). To do business with China, one must understand the country’s history and context (McFarlane, 2008, p. 2). China…
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