Cross Cultural Leadership

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CROSS CULTURAL LEADERSHIP Bassant Safwat Omar Abdelhalim Erika Araujo da Silva Cross Cultural Communication Lisa Buddemeier December/2012 Introduction The globalization is increasing. The growth of that internationalization has been powerful and widely and the business success is now able to face the necessity of working across cultures. Leadership is really important to organizations. A good leadership can help nations, support the success of an organization and enables to accomplish the goals. Moreover, the subordinates become productive and effective because of a succeed leadership. It is possible to say that a good leader can turn a weak business, for example, into a good one. However a poor leader can destroy even a strong organization. Nowadays the leaders have to be capable to work with different cultures’ people. Moreover, they have to handle with the diversity of their opinions and comprehend what those mean. This academic paper outlines the definitions of cross-cultural leadership, presents a model of cross-cultural leadership that helps leaders to improve their performance and finishes with a comparison between Brazilian and Egyptian leaderships based on the model presented. 2 1. Cross-Cultural Definition Leadership and culture are opposite terms. However, the culture establishes the norms and defines how leadership has to work. A leader is the responsible to understand how to create people alignment in different cultures, and to cause damages to cultures that are not working properly, according to Shein (2004). Dickson et al. (2012) outlines that the way leaders are perceived in several cultures can be compared as culture impact in leadership. Those who do something relevant to society, whose distribution of power is hugely stratified, can be in the future imitated for other cultures. According to House et al. (2001) organizations of

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