Leadership approaches depend on the dominant culture or confluence of cultures and subcultures. According to leadership expert Juana Bordas, in today’s globalized world, multicultural leadership combines influences, practices, and values of the diverse culture in a respectful and productive manner. It also requires awareness on various situations, contexts, and assumptions.
Of all leadership styles, servant leadership is among the rarest, which is understandable due to the rare leadership qualities required. The combination of personality traits that would make up the “servant leader” cannot be found easily among available candidates or, even, the world’s population.
Mexico has replaced China as American companies’ most favorite manufacturing base. It is favored due to various reasons, one of which is it helps to boost the American economy since most raw materials used in those maquiladoras are imported from the USA.
Every culture has its leadership and communication styles. American managers who are considering to lead an offshore team in Mexico should understand the differences between US and Mexican styles and cultures. While there are universal values that apply to most, if not all cultures, such as honesty, friendliness, and dedication, recognizing the unique nuances would help in a long-term working relationship.
A true leader is authentic. It is the highest standard in leadership, which requires an open mind and the ability to cope with moving beyond the comfort zone. In general, being an authentic leader refers to being true to one’s self and values, while maintaining a strong coherence between what one thinks, feels, and does.