Quotation Gehrke, Bettina, Claes, Maria Theresia. 2016. Leadership and Global Understanding. In: Leadership Today – Practices for personal and professional performance. Hrsg. Marques, J. and S. Dhiman, 371-385. Berlin: Springer Nature.




Globalization changes corporations in fast and fundamental ways. This chapter is about the challenges of global leaders who have to face increasingly the so-called VUCA environment: very volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous business situations across national borders. There is an increasing demand to integrate local responsiveness and global consistency. For this people have to be connected across countries and leaders have to engage them to global collaboration in order to facilitate complex processes of knowledge sharing. Based on a broad variety of examples, this chapter illustrates that Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is a necessary ability to find appropriate solutions to global leadership problems. It is CQ that enables leaders to embrace global complexity and to respond to a multiplicity of management styles simultaneously. Only by reconciling conflicting demands, resolving dilemmas, and responding to opposing perspectives, can leaders succeed to turn global challenges into positive energy for the creation of opportunities.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Leadership and Global Understanding
Title of whole publication Leadership Today – Practices for personal and professional performance.
Editor Marques, J. and S. Dhiman
Page from 371
Page to 385
Location Berlin
Publisher Springer Nature
Year 2016
Reviewed? Y
URL https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-31036-7_21
ISBN 978-3-319-31036-7
Open Access N


Claes, Maria Theresia (Details)
Gehrke, Bettina (Bocconi University, Italy)
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