March 28, 2007
This article about leadership styles and characteristics was published by Harvard Business School, Asian and American Leadership Styles: How Are They Unique? It compares and contrasts leadership reproduction and succession in various cultural contexts in the corporate business world, which also has implications for the Asian American church:
To a significant degree, large American firms are at a later stage of development than many Asian firms—they have passed from founders’ family leadership to professional management and to capital obtained from the capital markets (rather than obtained from government—directly or indirectly—or from family fortunes). … It is possible, but not certain, that Asian firms will follow this evolutionary path.
Later in the article, it lists 9 key qualities of a successful leader:
- Emotional Toughness
- Emotional Resonance
What does this mean for next generation Asian American church leaders? How can we better grow leaders? reproduce leaders? mentor leaders? Is there a difference in developing an Asian leader who can lead Asian Americans vs. an Asian leader who can lead a multiethnic group of Anglo Americans, African Americans, Latino Americans, and Asian Americans as well?
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