Reading is fun. But not every book is really worth reading it – especially when it comes to business books. Therefore I already started the “Book of the Week” Series, where I share comprehensive abstracts on my favourite books.
Now I want to start another series called: “Business Books” – featuring information on books in a more compact way. Today I would like to present you “Leadership Without Borders: Successful Strategies From World-Class Leaders”, by Ed Cohen (2007).
Leadership Without Borders shares the results of his detailed Global Leadership Survey (consisting of interviews with more than 50 leaders who have lived and worked in more than 60 different countries), Cohen identifies the new global competencies and groups them into a cohesive set of guidelines—illuminating a comprehensive and clear view of successful, world-focused management. Find out more. Read this review! Author Ed Cohen describes the new world workplace as a place where home-base for business isn’t necessarily one’s home country, and leadership may often take managers out of their cultural comfort zones. This is life on the global frontier—and it demands a new kind of leader. Global businesses now live at the edge of a universe where virtually any managerial function can happen virtually anywhere around the globe. This has created culture-shock in the office that can make connecting with employees, customers, and even the bosses back home strained and difficult. Today, a leader might hale from India and work for an Indian-owned company in the U.S., or be a French national working for an Australian-owned company, but live in China. The possibilities are endless, and unfortunately, so is the potential for communication breakdown and cultural misinterpretation between co-workers and among business ranks, between offices, and between continents. What is the ordinary leader to do when faced with such cultural, language, social, and logistical complexities? The answer lies in managing around differences, an ideal that is the main focus of Leadership Without Borders by Ed Cohen. Through the results of his detailed Global Leadership Survey (consisting of interviews with more than 50 leaders who have lived and worked in more than 60 different countries), Cohen identifies a new set of leadership competencies—one ready for this new global world—and groups them into a cohesive set of guidelines. The result is a comprehensive and clear view of successful management strategies for leaders ready to take on the world.