The article was written by a professor who is part of the Center for Creative Leadership and co-author of books about leadership and cultural intelligence. I find the article very practical and informative since the writer is indeed right on her observation how international business is conducted nowadays. Moreover, she pointed out the necessity for learning cultural agility since there are many leaders appointed to manage overseas operations. However, even if a leader has an MBA and years of experience is not a guarantee that the person can successfully handle a very diverse environment.
According to the writer “When leaders operate with culturally limited perspectives, the result is missed opportunities, poor performance, frail relationships and weak teams. In contrast, leaders who are culturally agile are able to respond to and perform well in varied and unfamiliar cultural contexts. They successfully engage a diversity of perspectives, learn new processes and
All over the world, there are many global leaders who typically originated from the west. These CEOs or COOs are often assigned overseas to take care of global operations since the business has expanded. In fact, this situation is presently happening in China were American managers set-up their business operations carrying with them western orientation in running a business. For example, an executive from the U.S. may find himself entangled in complicated situations if he is assigned in China. A large number of American businessmen have undergone complicated situations in China since the government has a peculiar way of governing foreign businesses. Add to that is cultural differences in terms of language and how different Chinese business etiquettes are. Technology was cited in an article as an ally in “crafting strategies for future leaders” ( Brosseau, Nov 2, 2010) but I believe that leadership