Leadership Across Culture Essay

588 WordsMay 21, 20133 Pages
Leadership across culture Introduction “It is not our differences that divide us; it is our judgments about each other that do” (Wheatley, 2002, p.4). As today’s highly competitive and globalized world, it’s very obvious to have the leaders and employees from different background and culture. Cultural differences influence everything from individual behavior, performance, communication within personnel to health and safety procedures to project management. In brief, no any nook and corner of business can escape. So major task of managers are to manage the workforce diversity in an effective manner by using the appropriate leadership style. Going back to the historical background, according to Taylor’s theory (1911), management’s work is to make the work plans, and employees have the responsibilities to perform the tasks assigned to them. This principle was adopted in some companies on that time, and it increased the productivity but after some time it created the monotony and increased a little of employees’ commitment towards the company. It may be the right approach on that time, but in today’s highly globalized world this idea will not work. Because Tylor didn’t consider some important factor like leadership, motivation and effective communication within the top management and employees. Organizational culture is defined as “the shared values, beliefs, or perceptions held by employees within an organization or organizational unit” (Robbins & Coulter). Organizational culture are used by employees in an organization in the time of crisis or in any situation, so it can affect the attitudes, trends, performance and conduct of the workforce. Organizational culture creates how things "are in real" or "ought to be.” It is a very explanatory way of observing an organization, and can be positive or negative. Accepting the organization's core values can avoid

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