Cultural Leadership within a Global Healthcare System

Essay by meme31470University, Bachelor'sA, November 2012

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One might say the best way to lead is to have many styles from which to choose, but when one chooses a particular style, how will it work with different cultural point of views with in the Global healthcare system? Cultural leadership is confusing, because of its ambiguity. It can refer to the people from one's own culture who finds themselves in leadership situations in other cultures, but it can also refer to the comparison of leadership from one culture to those from a different culture. One critical element of leadership effectiveness is choosing the right type of style, at the right time, in the right situation. Unfortunately, that's not what most people do-they have a default style used in most situations. Today, leaders need to lead and motivate teams with very different cultural backgrounds and values in global healthcare system.

"The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas." Dr. Linus Pauling (Two times winner of the Nobel Prize).


"A groom used to spend whole days in currycombing and rubbing down his Horse, but at the same time stole his oats and sold them for his own profit. "Alas!" said the Horse, "if you really wish me to be in good condition, you should groom me less, and feed me more." Aesop's Fables

Moral of the Story: Looking good is never good enough.

Different cultures have different ideas about what they want from their leaders; with this information leaders can adapt their style to be more effective in different global healthcare settings. By understanding cultural differences, leaders can become more empathic and accurate in their communication with others which enables them to communicate more effectively across cultural and geographic boundaries. To build a culturally sensitive healthcare setting, leaders should convey through...