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Culture and Leadership

Does culture affect leadership? Are leadership styles so different in other countries or particular cultures? Does your organization operate as a hierarchy or is it horizontal?

In 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Maxwell shares the seven factors of leadership:
Character, Relationships, Knowledge, Intuition, Experience, Past Success, and Ability

In training, it was shared that in another country they are learning that leaders have different factors to be successful. I think that successful leaders have these factors no matter the organization they lead and culture they are from.

There are also different types of leadership styles, and the kind of leadership style can be due to the cultural environment. Many countries have their businesses run within family ties. Many times the business is inherited by the children. The children grow to become the leader of the organization and obtain the above factors through time.

I am drawn to collaborative leadership and servant leadership.  These styles of leadership commit to the group and form a consensus.  Is this effective in different scenarios like making a critical decision?

Which of the seven factors do you have as a successful leader? Do you think that culture affects your leadership style?

 

 

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Life

Tie Your Roots

A year after my mother’s death, angels came in the form of women who were doing a service project for foster youth.  I asked about their organization, and somehow I could hear my mother tell me to join.  I could also help Filipinos in Hawaii. I’ve been with the organization ten years.

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The women helped me to rediscover my culture.  I learned how to cook pancit and adobo a little bit better.  I learned how to make a parol and sing Tagalog songs.My mother would have been happy that I connected with people that look like me and appreciate our culture.

This year the Filipino Women’s League elected me to the Vice Presidency position, and I am also the membership chair. I invite anyone to join.  We have a diverse group of women that appreciate and celebrate the Filipino culture. You don’t have to be Filipino to join.

The League has cultural education through dance and song, we have service projects throughout the year, and we offer scholarships.  We get together once a month and review upcoming events and projects.  We also have camaraderie and connection.

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The League has been around almost 50 years.  I have learned so much about leadership, facilitation, and valuing members through this organization and many other organizations like FWL.  When you join a service organization, you learn so much about people and yourself.  I learned how to tie to my roots.  How do you tie to yours?

Next blog: Almost half a century