Different cultures can have radically different leadership styles, and international organizations would do well to understand them. Business Insider recently published an update (posted by Gus Lubin) on British linguist Richard D. Lewis who charted these differences in his book “When Cultures Collide,” first published in 1996 and now in its third edition. From structured individualism in the U.S. to ringi-sho consensus in Japan, the charts provide us all great insight into the “how” of leadership across the globe. With permission from Lewis, Business Insider posted the 24 charts of leadership styles from his book, with a brief summary of his comments.
Lewis contends that these patterns won’t change any time soon: “Even in countries where political and economic change is currently rapid or sweeping, deeply rooted attitudes and beliefs will resist a sudden transformation of values when pressured by reformists, governments or multinational conglomerates.”