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Engagement – At the Heart of Board Leadership

Why is engagement crucial for boards operating in increasingly competitive environments, and how does compliance and stewardship factor in to make organisations successful? Nada Kakabadse, Professor of Policy, Governance and Ethics at the UK’s Henley Business School considers the issues. ‘It’s all about engagement!’ exclaimed the chair of a major multi-national presiding over the decline […]

Global Awareness

Global Awareness: A Meta-competency for Global Leaders – Global awareness is crucial for maintaining peace and understanding in a globalized world. Misunderstanding and mistrust can arise from a lack of compassion or the inability to see through each other’s eyes. Becoming aware of the wider world is an important competency for business leaders and a […]

Informal Network Leadership

Proactive Versus Reactive Strategic Choices – Global managers know that developing networks in a host country can be a tedious endeavor. Whereas developing friendly work relationships locally is often regarded as less problematic, developing informal networks is challenging but important for business success. The function of informal networks becomes relevant for transactions under ambiguity that […]

Shared Leadership

“Sharing is Caring” Although the individual approach to examining leadership has cast light on understanding leadership dynamics within a team, it also contains some inherent limitations because this approach only considers the relationship between single leaders and their followers. Over the last decade, scholars have begun to take collectivistic approaches to studying leadership, however, shared […]

How Innovative Leaders Built an Innovative Culture

It is crucial for organizations to maintain their focus on innovation to be successful. Innovation leaders are able to foster and promote cultures that spark creativity and risk-taking, that motivate and reward employees to think out of the box, and that channel ideas into increased stakeholders’ value. However, these hallmarks of innovative organizations are not […]

Leadership Style and Cultural Orientation

While it often appears that the most popular leadership approaches are developed based on Western – especially US-American – ideal, it is more likely that the majority of employees in the world follow a different tune. As the influence of emerging markets such as China, Brazil, Russia, or India on the global economy continuously increases, […]

Shared Leadership – A Collective Approach to Leadership

With new approaches to work evolving leading to more flexibility and freedom, business cultures getting more and more casual and informal and agile organization forms being regarded important to maintain or develop competitive advantage today, leadership styles need to adjust accordingly. In a new era shaped by the growth of the service industry and entrepreneurial […]

Empowering Leadership and Psychological Capital

Organizations today want and need employees who are emotionally connected to their work and willing to do everything they can in order to support their organizations’ success. Leaders, believing that satisfied, capable, and committed employees are their most important resource, take steps to enhance employees’ well-being and job performance. Consequently, positive psychology and positive organizational […]

Leader Favoritism

The question of how to treat subordinates fairly and justly is a central ethical challenge for responsible leaders. Typically, leaders encounter challenges between differentiating their interactions with employees to build a more personal relationship and levelling their interactions with employees in an indiscriminate manner. This balancing act between two different priorities may pose an ethical […]

Leader Humor

– when it works and when it doesn’t Research on humor tends to assume that the use of humor by a leader towards subordinates has positive effects and is widely regarded as an indicator of the leader having likable characteristics. In the background of most research in this area has been conducted in predominantly Anglo […]


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