The Leadership Skills Of China And France

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The Leadership Abilities of China and France Today, earth is a planet with 7.13 billion people living on it (Wolfram Alpha LLC, 2014). Each person may have a culture and religion that they associate with and rules for that culture or religion that they live by. Because of the many cultures, it can be difficult to know what to say or do when interacting with someone from another culture. Fortunately, Hofstede has compiled data on different cultures by country to help understand the differences (MindTools, Ltd., n.d.c.). Understanding each culture that one interacts with can go a long way in developing a good business relationship (CSU-Global, 2014). This essay will analyze the leadership qualities of China and France based on Hofstede’s…show more content…
This shows that they both conduct business with authority figures that are highly respected (Zator-Peljan, 2013). In highly centralized businesses, authority figures are responsible for their subordinates and, therefore, give order to complete the necessary tasks of the business. Individualism Although China and France rank similarly in power distance, their treatment of individual employees is very different. Individualism refers to “the strength of the ties people have to others within the community” (MindTools, Ltd., n.d.c.). For this, China scores 20 and France scores 71(Mindtools, Ltd., n.d.a; Mindtools, Ltd., n.d.b.). There is a large gap in their scores, which suggests that France can be considered a more “individualistic” (MindTools, Ltd., n.d.b.) society while China may focus on the collective rather on single individuals (MindTools, Ltd., n.d.a.). Chinese culture emphasizes that individuals should make decisions based on the good of the group despite their feelings (Doctoroff, 2011). On the other side, French culture makes a habit of recognizing each individual’s accomplishments (MindTools, Ltd., n.d.b.). Masculinity The third part of the 6-D model refers to how male-centric a society is. The more “masculine” a society is, the more unequal the roles of men and women are (MindTools, Ltd., n.d.c.). In this area, China scores 66 while France scores 43 (Mindtools, Ltd., n.d.a; Mindtools, Ltd., n.d.b.). This implies that China has a
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