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Powerful leaders can inspire followers to perform and contribute more. The leader has power and
ability from his physical appearance, ability to sway people, and his acceptance. An effective
leader should be very cautious and alert in deciding his leadership style because all leaders can
practice all the leadership styles. (“leader”, n.d.)
All the theories of whether it is Maslow’s need hierarchy theory, or Hofstede’s theory or any
other theory, all are equally pertinent across cultures. The variations are observed because of
diverse level of culture, individualism, and religion. The functions of leadership are same across
all the nations. However same leadership style should never be used in all the nations.
(“leadership”, n.d.)
A leadership style which is very effective and useful in a specific condition may not be
operational in another situation. Taking an example of Hofstede theory, which states that
participative style of leadership is most suggested leadership style by the researchers of
American, this may not be accepted in certain cultures. This clearly states that a single leadership
style cannot be very effective in different nations. Even in same nation or in similar culture, an
effective leader practices different leadership styles in variant situations. (“hofstede theory”, n.d.)
The European Union (EU) consists of 27 countries with more than 400 million people. The
countries of European Union vary in language, history, culture, values education system, and
belief. In the EU different leadership styles would be appropriate depending on their culture,
socioeconomic background, history, and religion. Working on same leadership style in all the EU
nations is not appropriate.
Now let us take an example of French leaders which are known for being known for the
autocratic style of leadership, while the German leaders are known for being an assertive leader
and are totally focused on the task. The importance of human relations within the organization
from leadership point of view varies from country to country. (Gus Lubin, 2014)
Leadership not only means the manager subordinate or superior subordinate relationship, but the
important thing is running the whole organization, division, function or unit for which the
manager is completely responsible.
Consider an example of Japan where despite of economic fluctuations, most of the companies
continue to offer a model for quality control procedures. One of the executives, who have
worked for more than ten years in Japanese companies, says that the key for success of Japanese
companies is to take many minor steps, constantly, every day. One of the areas of success in
which Japanese managers focus is use the process of continuous improvement which is known as
kaizen. It is a quality control, which has proved to be the symbol of success in many Japanese
companies. American companies have also studied the successful Japanese companies for the
purpose of outdoing management styles for improving productivity. (Gus Lubin, 2014)
Due to increased global competitiveness and acquaintance to Western culture and practices have
led Japanese companies to implement more American practices. This combination of
management practices has led to a trend to merging of leadership styles. (Gus Lubin, 2014)
Therefore it is inappropriate to use same leadership style in all the EU nations.

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References
“leader”, n.d., retrieved from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/leader
“leadership”, n.d., retrieved from http://www.mindtools.com/pages/main/newMN_LDR.htm
“hofstede theory”, n.d. retrieved from http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_66.htm
Gus Lubin, 2014, “leadership styles” retrieved from http://www.businessinsider.in/24-Charts-Of-
Leadership-Styles-Around-The-World/articleshow/28479920.cms

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