Discuss the appropriateness of using the same leadership style across all EU countries. Include in your discussion the research results for both views given in your textbook. Effective’s leaders can motivate followers to contribute more. The leader derives power from his characteristics, ability to influence people, and his acceptance. An effective leader needs to be very careful in choosing his leadership style, not all leaders can practice all leadership styles. The Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, Hofstede’s theory and other theories are equally applicable across cultures. There are variations because of different level of individualism, culture, and religion. The functions of leadership remain the same across countries however; same leadership style should not be used across cultures. The Anthropological study done by Mead indicates that effective leadership varies across cultures. The accepted image of a leader varies from one culture to the other. The modern leadership theory also recognizes that same leadership style cannot work in all situations. (Deresky, 2013) A leadership style which is very useful in a particular situation may not be effective in a different situation. For example, according to Hofstede, participative style of leadership, the most recommended leadership style by American researchers, may be counterproductive in certain cultures. This means, a single leadership style cannot be successful in different cultures. Even in same culture, an effective leader uses different leadership styles in different situations. The European Union (EU) comprises of 27 countries and 400 million people. The member countries of EU differ in language, culture, history, education system, values and belief. (Deresky, 2013) Practicing same leadership style in all those countries is not appropriate. In the EU different leadership styles would be appropriate depending on their culture, socioeconomic background, history, and religion. For example, in France,...
References: Deresky H. (2013). International Management (6th ed.) Managing Across Borders and Cultures. Boston, MA: Pearson
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