The Impact of Global Economy upon Leadership

Author:Gabriela Mironov Duret
Position:Danubius University of Galati, Faculty of Law
Pages:478-483
SUMMARY

Due to the reason of the more pronounced globalization of the business world, we can no longer ignore the powerful cultural side of leadership. In other words, there are differences between leading styles considered as accepted by a national culture or another. For example, I come from Netherlands - in Dutch, the word meaning leader is leader. But this word may be written in two ways: either... (see full summary)

 
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The Impact of Global Economy upon Leadership
Mironov Duret Gabriela
Danubius University of Galati, Faculty of Law, gabriela.duret@univ-danubius.ro
Abstract: Due to the reason of the more pronounced globalization of the business world, we can no
longer ignore the powerful cultural side of leadership. In other words, there are differences between
leading s tyles considered as accepted by a national culture or another. For example, I c ome from
Netherlands – in Dutch, the word meaning leader is leader. But this word may be written in two
ways: either using the short diphthong „ei”, or with the long one ”ij”, although the pronunciation is
the sa me. When written with „ij” it means „martyr”. This superposition of meanings is sending a
message: any Dutch leader who is trying to put hi m forward too much, is rapidly „c ut”, In the Dutch
world, at work or in other cases, it is not accepted to put you forward – or this is considered
something of bad taste.
Keywords: leadership, manager, globalization.
1. The leadership in global context
Due to the reason of the more pronounced globalization of the business world, we can no
longer ignore the powerful cultural side of leadership. In other words, there are differences
between leading styles considered as accepted by a national culture or another. For example,
I come from Netherlands – in Dutch, the word meaning leader is leider. But this word may
be written in two ways: either using the short diphthong „ei”, or with the long one ”ij”,
although the pronunciation is the same. When written with „ij” it means „martyr”. This
superposition of meanings is sending a message: any Dutch leader who is trying to put him
forward too much, is rapidly „cut”, In the Dutch world, at work or in other cases, it is not
accepted to put you forward – or this is considered something of bad taste1.
Although a very efficient leading style in a country may be extremely unsuitable for another
one, people are not always aware that there would be any cultural difference.
Regarding the different leading models and to the differences between cultural norms, we
notice that in this world which t ends to be more global, more convergent tendencies start to
crystallize. Thus, the following features and aptitudes would be useful to „global leaders” this
meaning the leaders acting in a multi-cultural environment:
- charisma;
- skills for team work;
- opening towards changes;
- interest in political and social – economical life of other countries;
- capacity to establish good connections with people belonging to other cultures;
- adaptability to new situations;
- adaptability to work in a multi-cultural team, etc.
1 Kets de Vries, M.R.F. şi Perzow S., Handbook of Carater Studies, 2000, New York, I.U.P.
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