How leadership is perceived across cultures

Imagine a single fish that is swimming ahead of a shoal. Anglo managers, i.e. those from the UK, North America, and Australia, would view the leading fish as the pioneer that leads individualist fishes from the front. Japanese counterparts would view it as a metaphor for a cohesive team working together behind a collectivist leader. Interestingly, Nordic peers would see the shoal bringing the leading fish back into the group, since no one is perceived as more special than another. As these differences in perception are driven by the various notions of power distance in these cultures, it is important to understand these subtleties when leading a multicultural team.

SourceLondon Business School

 

 

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