Over the past 30 years, we have seen the continued globalization of organizations and teams. In the 1980’s it was expats leaving North America and Europe to work in Africa and Asia. Today we are just as likely to see Jap-anese, Colombian or Indian managers leading teams in the US or Germany.
As this process continues, we all find ourselves working with increasingly diverse groups. As a result, we need to take a new look at the values, attributes and practices of leader-ship. To date, Western leadership theory and practice has dominated the corporate environment. This does not adequately represent or expand the richness of leadership wisdom that exists and is practiced in many parts of the world. So we find ourselves asking:
What is leadership, and what does it take?