Link Between Emotional Intelligence and Cross-Cultural Leadership

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Reilly, A.H. and Karounos, T.J. (2009), “Exploring the Link between Emotional Intelligence and Cross-Cultural Leadership Effectiveness”, Journal of International Business and Cultural Studies, Vol. 1, Feb. 2009, pp. 1 – 13.

Along with the globalization of business, many corporations are facing the challenge of operating in a different culture. The writers made a connection between emotional intelligence and cross-cultural leadership effectiveness to deal with this situation, this article also presented some significant results and implications which were greatly helpful for our company. This report is aimed at review the article and pick out something useful to raise staff awareness of cross-cultural issues. In this paper,
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Then the writer put forward studying cultural clusters as a method to examine similarities between cultures. In order to examine the relationship between EI and cross-cultural leadership, the writers surveyed international sales Managers from four cultural clusters (Anglo, Latin European, Eastern European and Southern Asia), which are chosen from the categories of Project GlOBE.
Finally, the research got some significant results: EI is a key component for a successful leadership and emotional intelligence traits have a widely applicability in different cultures. Especially, social skill, which comprising the ability of adjusting to a different cultural environment, is regarded as a crucial element of being a successful global sales manager. For the international sales managers, it is essential to know well the complexity of relationships between cultures so that they can identify the factors which contribute to form connections in a cultural setting (Hofstede,1997).
The results of this study indicate that international managers should pay high attention to the systematic study of cultural circumstance and select their leadership style according to the cultural conditions. Furthermore, the findings of this study emphasize the importance of EI to effective leadership and suggest that social skill, as one characteristic of EI, is very important to effective international leadership. Thus training
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