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Name all of the countries that you have visited and at what ages you visited them? Chose

one of these places and suggest something you learned from a cultural perspective? If you

have not traveled abroad, share an experience you have had with someone from another

culture.

I have not had the opportunity to travel abroad. However, I moved from Iowa to Texas when I

was 20 and that was a culture shock for sure. I quickly learned it’s not ok to ask for a POP, and I

should call it a soda instead. That aside I have meet and worked with people who were born and

raised in Mexico, and have moved to Texas. One of the biggest things that did not often occur in

Iowa was the idea of sharing food. Pot lucks and people bringing and sharing tacos, fajitas,

homemade salsa are all norms. It truly seems that in Mexican culture family and friends are very

important. I know guys and girls that I work with who have gifted many things to their families

and always talk about family get togethers. While some of this might be the case for the

occasional family it seems much more prevalent in Mexican culture.

Ideas associated with Trait Theory are mentioned as part of Global Leadership Dimensions

as well as the Pyramid Model of Global Leadership. What traits do these theories suggest

are important for a global leader? Do these traits fall in the nature, nurture or both sides

of the theory and why?

According to Osland, J.S. (2013) The traits of a global leader are Curiosity/inquisitiveness,

Continual Learner, Learning Orientation, Accountability, Integrity/Courage, Commitment,

Hardiness, Maturity, results-Orientation. These traits suggest that a global leader is someone who

has a very high level of maturity and is very driven in his or her career. I would say most of these
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traits fall within nature. For the most part these traits are things that make a person and not

conditioned.

The GLOBE Study provides for nine dimensions in relation to cultural profiles. Consider

one of the countries you listed in question One and how these dimensions may have been

present in your journey.

The Globe Study confirms what I said in my number one statement. The In-group

collectivism,”The degree to which individuals express pride, loyalty, and cohesiveness in their

organizations and families.” On the global map Mexico is bright pink where America is a light

cream color. This is without a doubt what I have seen. Very high collective behavior at both

work, family friends etc. This is something we could all take a moment to reflect upon. Helping

others and showing compassion is what makes humanity great. It’s shouldn’t always be about

keeping up with the Jones. It should be taking a pie over and sharing it with the Jones!

The Adler study (2001) is one of the few provided with a focus on global leadership in

women. This suggests a limited knowledge base and need for future understanding. As

part of it, it is noted global leaders “are driven by vision, not by hierarchical status” with a

goal to be a “planetary citizen” that does the right thing. Provide an example other than

the one from this study that shows how hierarchical status isn’t required to be a leader for

global change.

I would say that this there are many examples but one that comes to mind is Linux. This system

is free and open source. Volunteers worldwide build Linux distributions or distros that are

adapted for different needs. This shows that it is not always about status or money for a need to

be filled. Communities of programmers have spent countless hours developing this OS. In May
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of 2015 96.55 of web servers run Linux. While not widely used for desktop computers it is

amazing to research the things that Linux powers in the background.

References

Osland, J.S. (2013). An overview of the global leadership literature. In M.E. Mendenhall, J.S.

Osland, A. Bird, G.R. Oddou, M.L. Maxnevski, M.J. Stevens, & G.K. Stahl (Eds.). Global

Leadership: Research, Practice, and Development (pp. 40-79). New York: Routledge.