Intercultural Management: Analysis and Examples of Leadership Styles Across Cultures

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Intercultural Management Introduction The characteristics of effective leaders vary significantly across regional and national boundaries, yet despite these differences there are shared common traits all share. The intent of this analysis is to provide examples of what's expected in terms of leadership styles across different cultures. As the Hofstede Model of Cultural Dimensions has shown, the effectiveness of a manager in one nation or region is significantly different than another (Hofstede, McCrae, 2004). There are also shared universal traits of effectiveness as well including the ability to gain and grow trust, being communicative and collaborative, and inspirational and motivating (Deresky, 2011). Analysis And Examples of Leadership Styles Across Cultures The cultural dimensions originally defined by Dr. Geert Hofstede form a useful framework for evaluating the differences in cultural characteristics, expectations and leadership variations by culture. As the text and our course have shown, the differences in effective leadership styles in Mexico relative to more Islamic-based nations for example. For a leader to be effective in managing a Mexican business, recognition of how important the family is as a foundation of authority is critical, as is the need to also provide many opportunities for team-building and team identification (Deresky, 2011). Figure 1 shows the comparison of five cultural dimensions between the United States and Mexico. As our course and
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