Leadership And Hofstede 's Five Dimensions

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Leadership and Hofstede’s Five Dimensions
Jordan Luke
ORG300 – Applying Leadership Principles
Colorado State University – Global Campus
Sheila Landfairmueller
December 7, 2014 Leadership and Hofstede’s Five Dimensions In my experience, working in a team environment not only means working together collaboratively, but also means being sensitive to cultural differences and outlooks within the team. Dr. Geert Hofstede, a Dutch social phycologist, devised a way to recognize these cultural differences in five distinct dimensions (Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions, n.d.). This essay will discuss these five dimensions and how they relate to leadership, as well as presenting arguments on which combination of these dimensions makes the most
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(Geert Hofstede, n.d.). A high score in this dimension represents a society that accepts an unequal distribution of power, and those employees will accept their place in this hierarchical system more readily than those societies with a low score (Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions, n.d.).
Related to leadership. Power Distance relates to leadership in how employees view their leadership structure (de Mooij & Hofstede, 2010). In a high scoring PD culture, a clear social status of the leader is very important, so that employees can show proper respect (de Mooij & Hofstede, 2010). Low Power Distance scores indicate less tolerance of unequal distribution of power, and in turn employees will not put as much stock in the social status of their leader, but how accessible that leader is for collaboration (de Mooij & Hofstede, 2010).
Individualism (IDV) Individualism (IDV) is the second dimension of the Hofstede model, and represents whether the culture is of an individualist mindset, or collectivist mindset (Geert Hofstede, n.d.). Cultures with a high score in Individualism demonstrate a lack of interpersonal connection with each other, and a lack of sharing of responsibility beyond family and friends. (Geert Hofstede, n.d.). The positive from an individualist mindset is the self-reliance and enjoyment of individual challenges that can contribute positively to the whole (Geert Hofstede, n.d.). Cultures
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