The paper “ The New Job Demands for Leaders in the Globalised Environment” is a meaty example of the literature review on management. Globalization has changed the way in which organizations and leaders across the world manage their operations. In fact, globalization is one of the most significant challenges facing today’ s leaders – the other being the increase of knowledge-based business. This means that today’ s leaders have to deal with increased access to information, more knowledgeable workers, culturally diverse personnel, and management of organizations beyond the confines of one country among other factors.
In essence, globalization implies that leaders need to deal with increased communication, increased movement of people across the globe, increased access to various infrastructures, working across time zones and cultures, and so on. There is no doubt that leaders who are able to deal with the effects of globalization are the ones who can ensure the success of modern-day organizations. In view of this perspective, this essay seeks to discuss the way in which leadership has changed within the context of a globalized environment. The essay will also profile the leadership and communications styles of Bill Clinton, former president of the United States – in order to understand the qualities that leaders in the globalized environment should possess. How leadership has changed within the context of a globalized environmentBefore proceeding to evaluate how leadership has changed over time with respect to globalization, it is important first to define the term globalization.
There is no single definition of the term since “ globalization” is usually defined in different contexts. In spite of the ambiguity involved in defining the term, this essay attempts to present a definition that is related to leadership.
The definition is basically premised on the thinking that the world has become flat as opined by Thomas Friedman. In providing this view, Thomas Friedman (cited by Martin, 2007, p. 4) argued that the world has been flattened in that individuals and their firms are now being asked to lead and work in an environment that has no boundaries and where there is no defined working time as was the case for organisations and individuals that existed in the past.
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