Characteristics of a Global Business Leader

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Research Paper

Leadership in Global and Multicultural Organizations

Research Paper

This paper will examine and contrast the essential characteristics of a global business leader as well as evaluate the characteristics and practices that may assist multinational organizations retain their workforce and boost their morale and team spirit.
This paper will also examine views regarding the characteristics and practices necessary for global leaders to successfully manage within the global virtual team environment One of the fastest-growing, high-tech office trends today is ‘virtual teams’. These teams cross time, space, and cultural boundaries and do so effectively with the use of technology.
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“Communication is a key to keeping teams together and on track.” (Smith & Mraz, 2001 p.70). As management of a global virtual and multicultural organization, it is difficult to maintain organizational edge regarding current global and multicultural environmental trends without good communication across the organization. Employees must be kept informed about global environmental trends that affect their professions and the organization as a whole. They must be kept informed about trends in management, policies, regulations, chain of command, roles and responsibilities and what have you. There will be confusion, misunderstanding, productivity problems and quality if there is no effective communication across organizational chain. Another way by which leadership characteristics and practices can assist organizations in maintaining their edge regarding current global and multicultural environmental trends is by ensuring that leaders are social responsible. Global leaders re-examine their production and manufacturing practices and policies to ensure that those practices and policies are environmentally friendly. “The total corporate social responsibility of business entails the simultaneous fulfillment of the firm’s economic, legal, ethical, and philanthropic responsibilities. Like the CSR firm who strive to make a profit, obey the law, be
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