Do people in different countries and cultures look for the same qualities in their leaders as people do in the United States? Asked another way, are qualities of effective leadership universal or do they vary by culture? This is one consideration addressed in this, the final week in your course. A second consideration has to do with leadership in a global society and what it takes to lead in a country where the borders are permeable and/or leaders’ decisions affect people well beyond their boundaries. This phenomenon might be called global leadership. And a final concern: What do you think leaders of the future might look like? Do you think that the information you learned throughout this course will be relevant for leaders 10 or 50 years down the road? This final week, you entertain these considerations and concerns: leadership in different cultures, leadership in a global society, and leaders of the future. You also revisit the thoughts you had about leadership when you first began this course.
By the end of this week, you should be able to:
- Analyze the characteristics of effective leadership in a variety of countries and cultures
- Analyze characteristics, skills, and strategies for effective leadership in a global society
- Analyze characteristics of leaders of the future
- Evaluate the determinants of leadership
- Identify and apply concepts related to change, trends, and leadership of the future
Please proceed to the Learning Resources.
Please read and view (where applicable) the following Learning Resources before you complete this week’s assignments.
- Course Text:Manning, G., & Curtis, K. (2015). The art of leadership (5th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
- Chapter 4, “The Importance of Vision and the Motive to Lead”
- Article: Dickson, M., Den Hartog, D., & Mitchelson, J. (2003). Research on leadership in a cross-cultural context: Making progress, and raising new questions. The Leadership Quarterly, 14, 729–768. Retrieved from http://www.vnseameo.org/zakir/crossculture.pdf
- Article: Lorange, P. (2003). Developing global leaders. BizEd, 5, 24–27. Retrieved fromhttp://ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=10760721&site=ehost-live&scope=site
- Article: Kets De Vries, M., & Florent-Treacy, E. (2002). Global leadership from A to Z: Creating high commitment organizations. Organizational Dynamics, 30(4), 295–309.
Use the PsycINFO database, and search using the article’s title.
- Article: Hernez-Broome, G., Hughes, R., & The Center for Creative Leadership. (n.d.). Leadership development: Past, present, and future. Human Resource Planning. Retrieved September 25, 2009, fromhttp://www.ccl.org/leadership/pdf/research/cclLeadershipDevelopment.pdf
- Article: Criswell, C., & Martin, A. (2007). 10 trends: A study of senior executives’ view on the future. Retrieved from the Center for Creative Leadership’s Web site:http://www.ccl.org/leadership/pdf/research/TenTrends.pdf
- Article: Mind Tools. (2009). Hofstede’s cultural dimensions: Understanding workplace values around the world. Retrieved from http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_66.htm
- Article: Russette, J., Scully, R., & Preziosi, R. (2008). Leadership across cultures: A comparative study.Academy of Strategic Management Journal, 7, 46-61. Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
- World Economic Forum Videos
http://www.weforum.org/s?s=videosindex.htmThis website provides links to videos from the World Economic Forum annual meetings. The Forum strives to build and lead global communities, and inspire strategic insights in leaders that enable them to lead more effectively.
Note: Because of the ever-changing nature of websites such as those listed below, there is no guarantee that clips will always be available. Hence, the following links are listed as Supplemental Resources only. However, it is highly recommended that you view them, as they will assist you in completing one or more of your assignments.
- Video: Impact Consulting and Development. (2008). Global leadership dialogue. Retrieved fromhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9DzYZfnedgIn this clip, leaders share key factors for success in a global environment.
With these Learning Resources in mind, please proceed to the Discussion.
Discussion 2 – Week 6 COLLAPSE
Leaders of the Future
Leaders have existed since the beginning of history. Leaders from the past and their experiences help inform leadership in the present, and current leadership prepares leaders for the future. Although you probably cannot accurately predict the future, you can consider issues and trends that are likely to influence leadership in the coming decades. The assigned article, “Leadership Development: Past, Present, and Future,” describes issues that influence the future of leadership. Additionally, the Center for Creative Leadership polled executives to ascertain trends in leadership; they report the findings in the article, “10 Trends: A Study of Senior Executives’ View on the Future.”
To prepare for this Discussion:
- Review Chapter 4 in your textbook,The Art of Leadership. Focus on the requirements for an effective vision.
- Review the article, “10 Trends: A Study of Senior Executives’ View on the Future,” paying particular attention to examples of each of the trends presented.
- Review the article, “Leadership Development: Past, Present, and Future,” and focus on the section titled, “The Future.”
- Consider some characteristics the leader of the future might need in order to lead effectively.
- Think about the Discussion from Week 1 and your position on whether leaders are born or made. Decide if your answer has changed, and if so, consider why.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 4 your vision of the leader of the future, that is, the characteristics you think the leader of the future will need in order to lead effectively. Be explicit and explain why. Then, as you complete this course, once again explain (briefly) whether you believe leaders are made or born and why. If your answer is different from Week 1, indicate that and include the “why of it” in your explanation.