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The Leadership in Action Series: On Leading the Global Organization

Book Description

Organizations that have operations around the globe have become the norm rather than the exception. This means they need leaders with the requisite skills—including international business knowledge, cultural adaptability, perspective taking, and innovation—to respond effectively to the challenges and complexity of global leadership. This collection of seventeen pieces—written by the Center for Creative Leadership's highly experienced and knowledgeable faculty members and researchers as well as by prominent practitioners and scholars in the fields of leadership and leadership development—explores the important topic of leading the global organization from a number of angles. What can organizations and leaders do to develop the skills needed to excel in a global context? How can global leaders manage the relationship between corporate headquarters and local offices? How can organizations best handle the challenge of boundary-spanning leadership? Readers will come away with newly found knowledge on these and other questions and newly formed thoughts on how they can successfully meet the demands of leading the global organization.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Front
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. IN BRIEF
  7. INTRODUCTION
  8. Part I: BECOMING A GLOBAL LEADER
    1. Global Managing: Mastering the Spin of a Complex World
      1. GRAVE NEW WORLD?
      2. TURN, TURN, TURN
      3. International Business Knowledge
      4. Cultural Adaptability
      5. Perspective Taking
      6. Innovation
      7. SEEKING THE NEW
    2. Challenge Match: The Stakes Grow Higher for Global Leaders
      1. SIX THEMES
      2. Managing the relationship between corporate headquarters and local offices
      3. Understanding and managing external forces
      4. Handling cultural conflicts
      5. Adapting one's own behaviors
      6. Creating shared goals and implementing shared work
      7. Communicating across barriers
      8. A WAY OF LIFE
    3. For Global Managers, a World of Difference
      1. WHAT IS A GLOBAL MANAGER?
      2. GLOBAL MANAGERS' ROLES
      3. THE HEART OF PERFORMANCE
      4. Personality Traits
      5. Skill in Playing Managerial Roles
      6. Specific Sets of Capabilities
      7. FLEXIBILITY IS KEY
      8. BENEFITING FROM THE RESEARCH
      9. DISAGREEMENT ON A GLOBAL SCALE
    4. Leading Globally Requires a Fundamental Shift
    5. Adult Development Theory May Boost Global Leadership
      1. THREE STAGES
      2. HOW TO HELP
    6. Global Leaders Face Challenges in Asia
    7. Getting to the Source: Four Perspectives on Leadership
      1. THE STRONG INDIVIDUAL (SOURCE ONE)
      2. THE HIERARCHY (SOURCE TWO)
      3. THE PIPELINE (SOURCE THREE)
      4. COLLECTIVE PRACTICES (SOURCE FOUR)
      5. HYBRID MODEL
    8. Hatching a Plan: Developing Leadership Talent in Emerging Markets
      1. LOOKING FOR GROWTH
      2. BIG CHALLENGES
      3. SENSE OF TRUST
      4. FIXING DYNAMICS
      5. ISSUES TO MULL
      6. PIONEERING CHANGE
    9. Across the Boards: How Chairmen's Roles Differ Around the World
      1. ROLE INFLUENCES
      2. Status
      3. Responsibility Delineation
      4. Vision
      5. Recruitment
      6. Domicile
      7. Role Counterbalance
      8. Tenure
      9. GUIDING THE BOAT
  9. Part II: WHY CULTURAL ADAPTABILITY IS IMPORTANT
    1. Bridging Boundaries: Meeting the Challenge of Workplace Diversity
      1. FINDING LINKS
      2. Suspending: Creating a Third Space
      3. Reframing: Activating a Shared Identity
      4. Nesting: Embedding Groups Within a Larger Whole
      5. Weaving: Cross-Cutting Roles and Identity
      6. RIGHT COMBINATIONS
    2. Cultural Intelligence and the Global Economy
      1. MAKING ADJUSTMENTS
      2. GETTING MOTIVATED
      3. ACTION PLAN
      4. CORPORATE MODELS
    3. Cultural Adaptability: It's About More Than Using the Right Fork
      1. FIGURE IT OUT
      2. READING UP
      3. RIGHT AND WRONG
      4. DOMINO EFFECT
    4. One Prescription for Working Across Cultures
      1. WATCH WHAT YOU EAT
      2. TRADITIONAL APPROACH
      3. EAGER TO PLEASE
      4. RIDING SHOTGUN
      5. STEER CLEAR
      6. KEEP MOVING
      7. BAD HAIR DAY
      8. ACCIDENTAL CHEAPSKATE
      9. MESSING WITH TEXAS
    5. Getting the Message: How to Feel Your Way with Other Cultures
      1. FEET ON THE GROUND
      2. Change Your Style?
      3. NOT SO EASY
      4. NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION
      5. SELF-REFLECTION HELPS
      6. NEW WORLD, NEW LENSES
    6. Gaining a Critical Edge in Mastering Globalization
      1. VALUING DIFFERENCE
      2. CLASHING VALUES
      3. DIVERGING PATHS
      4. COMMON GROUND
      5. CHANCES FOR PROGRESS
    7. If It's Lagom , This Must Be Sweden
      1. UNIQUE APPROACH
      2. CONFLICT AND EMOTION
    8. Seeking a Model for Leadership Development in China
  10. ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
  11. FURTHER READING