I'm fascinated by culture. I'm also fascinated by leadership so when I stumbled upon this HBR research on what leadership looks like in different cultures during an online course on International Project Management, I had to dig deeper into it and decided to summarise my learnings in the below infographic.
Before we get there, though, let's make sure we're all on the same page with what leadership is and why cultural differences play a role.
Leadership can be defined as the ability of an individual to influence, motivate and guide others.
Regardless of where they work, good leaders distinguish themselves by their judgment, their ability to relate to others and their integrity. Those skills and qualities are fairly universal across the globe and organisations.
However, culture influences the degree to which each quality is practiced and valued.