Do Asian leaders behave differently?

By Josh Bersin via forbes.com/sites/joshbersin   Article

Talent Strategies in Asia: Do Asian Leaders Behave Differently?

“Do competency models vary by country? Do we want to look for different leadership styles in different countries? Yes, people confirm that leaders must have tremendous cultural agility and awareness in Asia, but ultimately leadership is leadership.

As the figure above shows, there are differences in leadership styles by culture (here we tend to value the “rugged individual” style). So while core leadership capabilities are the same everywhere, people agreed that style matters and leaders have to adjust to the needs of the local culture. (This is often called ‘cultural agility.’)

One of the senior leaders reflected that their young leaders are the most culturally agile and that differences in leadership culture are getting lesser as young people enter the leadership ranks. And it is important to build leaders locally – expatriate leadership is difficult, so companies want to accelerate development of leaders from the region.”

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