Cross-Cultural Differences in Inclusive Leadership Perception and Application

Authored by: Mike Szymanski , Komal Kalra , Evodio Kaltenecker , Anna Olszewska

The Routledge Companion to Inclusive Leadership

Print publication date:  April  2020
Online publication date:  March  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367265670
eBook ISBN: 9780429294396
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429294396-20

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Abstract

Inclusive leadership is becoming a popular approach in multinational companies, large and small, comprising multicultural, highly diverse teams. This chapter discuss the meaning of inclusive leadership in various cultures. It first analyzes some challenges posed by diversity and how to tackle them and subsequently examines challenges for inclusive leadership in the context of a developed, multicultural economy such as Canada, followed by four examples of developing economies (Mexico, Brazil, India, and Poland), to illustrate how their challenges may differ from the ones discussed previously. In the final section, the authors of this chapter encourage leaders to engage in an inclusive approach by understanding the type of diversity they face in their teams, since even groups that appear to be relatively homogeneous on the surface may be torn by deep-level differences difficult to spot by outsiders.

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