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Leadership Around the World

Mark Alexopoulos explains different leadership styles around the world.

· Business,Leadership,Mark Alexopoulos

If you are in the business world, then it is helpful to study different leadership styles. This way, not only can you improve your own results but also understand how to deal with international partners around the world. Here are five different leadership styles around the world that you should know about.


In many places in the world, leadership is all about listening to the one person at the top. However, in America, there is a trend of having a more flat hierarchy. Instead of just one person at the top telling everyone else what to do, you have many people with equal rights and say in what the company does.


In Germany, autocratic leadership is quite common. It is represented by one or two people at the top of the organization who usually have the most say in the way things will work. It doesn’t mean that others won’t have a say. In fact, it means that many people can comment on the direction of the company while leaving the final decision making in the hands of just a few.


In Latin America, nepotism is prevalent. This part of the world did not evolve with their own revolutions quite as the U.S. did. They have leaders who have been entrenched in power for decades and generations. This style leads to handouts and job offers to friends and family members. In this leadership styles, it is essential to know the person running the show.


Being casual is common in the United Kingdom. There is an order to how things work. However, this order is less strict and more open to discussion in company meetings.


Asian cultures typically have consensus leadership. This means a leader at the top is almost always in charge of everyone else. This evolved out of having a large population and the need for quick decision making.

When it comes to leadership, there is no such thing as one size fits all. Each nation and region has their own style. The five examples above are all working well for different areas of the world. Choose which ones make the most sense to you. Then, find ways to implement them in your company and make sure you understand them when dealing with vendors and partners abroad.

Mark Alexopoulos is a leading entrepreneur and technology expert in the automotive remarketing industry. Check out his automotive blog or follow him on Twitter!

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