LEADERSHIP MOSAICS ACROSS ASIA: A SNEAK PREVIEW

20/09/2016
With Asia an important driver of business growth today, it is vital to understand the styles, values and priorities of its business leaders. HCLI’s latest research initiative, Leadership Mosaics Across Asia provides insights into the Asian ways of leadership. This short article is a sneak preview.

The Power Play

In drawing out the portrait of business leadership for Asia, one inevitably runs into a discourse on power. Specifically, legitimate power – where a person in a higher position has control over people in a lower position in an organisation. Legitimate power may be framed differently in different Asian countries. In China, we heard about “respecting the order”. In India, we learnt about a hierarchy-conscious society where older employees in particular, will address the person before the issue, and not the issue irrespective of the person. Across...

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