Transnational Leadership Development: Preparing the Next Generation for the Borderless Business World

Transnational Leadership Development: Preparing the Next Generation for the Borderless Business World

Transnational Leadership Development: Preparing the Next Generation for the Borderless Business World

Transnational Leadership Development: Preparing the Next Generation for the Borderless Business World

Synopsis

As the business world becomes increasingly borderless, leaders and managers of all cultures are being called on with greater frequency to assume leadership roles in other countries or to lead diverse multicultural teams in their own countries. Transnational Leadership Development acquaints readers with the paradoxes and mental processes leaders need to relate successfully to people with different backgrounds, cultures, and societal identities. The book advises readers on how leaders may learn to see, feel, and experience the world with different lenses; take the necessary amount of time to reflect on what they know and what they need to know; find new ways to communicate; and be resilient in the face of this unique challenge. This powerful guide lights the way for those seeking to develop their people's proficiency in leading globally.

Excerpt

“Electrons don't have culture!” an engineer protested recently during a corporate training program. “Scientists think the same all over the world; it's just logic and reason.”

Ah, I thought, but whose logic and reason?

And therein lies one of the questions at the core of globalization. Whose values, whose thinking patterns, whose communication styles, whose negotiation model will shape our interactions?

The answers are no longer quite so simple as they may have been in past decades, when we might possibly have survived assuming that culture-free electrons truly eradicated the complexity of human interaction. As the Workforce 2020 report notes, these days, “the rest of the world matters” (Judy & D'Amico, 1997).

This book is an acknowledgement of that reality, and an invitation to enjoy all of the possibilities a vast and intriguing world of differences can bring. By deliberately avoiding the tired—and tiring—perspective that intercultural partnerships are fraught with “problems,” the authors have presented a fresh view of cultural contrasts that provides a window to explore one's culture, and that of others. For the manager seeking to understand why an interview went awry, for the virtual team members wondering why the work isn't getting done, for employees hoping we can “all just get along,” and for ourselves, pondering where our culture fits in the world, this text offers a practical introduction to cultural values, beliefs, and behaviors.

The authors' wide range of experiences in other cultures, particularly in Asia, lend an important vantage point for this exploration . . .

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