Issue XXV


Fortifying Your Organization

From Locally Good to Globally Great: The Role of Dynamic Leadership in Global Team Building

Globalization, we are finding out, does not imply any perceived form of homogenization, it means we now have to deal with difference directly, instead of at a distance. Here is the central question: How can we cope with enormous diversity, and complexity of cultural differences, and still remain successful? If an organization seeks to expand into a global market, what are the factors that have the biggest impact on global team design? What barriers must be overcome to achieve organizational goals? What change will organizational leaders need to make to adjust to the socio-technical systems to accommodate a new way of doing business? More…
Leading Change through Passion, Vision, and Humility

The Necessity of Unification in Globalization: A Christian Perspective

In the third chapter of Genesis, man succumbed to temptation and disobeyed God. Pundits and theologians have long debated the reason for this disobedience. Some stipulate Eve’s decision was based on deception and that she was tricked into disobeying God. Others claim Eve wanted to be like God and so ate the forbidden fruit. Whatever Eve’s reason, her decision had a cascading effect on the history of mankind. Prior to her decision, man lived in harmony with God, his creator, as depicted in Genesis 2:15. The leader-follower relationship was intact and perfect, as it was intended to be. However, once the decision was made to disobey God and become like God, man’s relationship with his Creator was forever marred. No longer was the leader-follower relationship intact. Man had decided he knew what was best and, in turn, chose to be his own leader. More…

The Formation of a Cross-Border Partnership between Two Christian Leaders

“Hola Ednita.” One Wednesday afternoon in November, 2010, my wife received a call from the pastor of the church she attended while growing up in Mexico. Pastor Alberto called to let us know that he and a team from Mexico were coming to our Texan city to plant a church. Decisions, decisions, lots of decisions are needed for an international church plant to be launched. Through a series of events, I became the interpreter and liaison between Pastor Alberto and a key American Christian leader in our city and have had the opportunity to observe two leaders from vastly different cultures navigate the formation of a partnership with each other. In the midst of this partnership formation, decisions on multiple levels are being explored and made. More…

The Role of Organizational Design in 21st Century Organizations

Blockbuster, Dell, Kodak, Motorola, Sears, Sony…big name companies that, over time, seem to have lost their edge. It is not the purpose of this paper to dissect the particular reasons for their failure, but to inspire the leader to understand the mortality of the organization he or she leads and consider the role of organizational design in the health of that organization. Competition is increasingly stiff, technology is advancing at an ever-increasing rate, consumers are increasingly discerning, and innovation is a buzzword that belies the effort required to actually innovate. What tool might an organization employ to increase the odds of success and longevity in this turbulent world? This paper concludes that a thoughtful organizational design will “tee up” an organization for the long haul, but it will not be easy, nor is there any particular “quick fix.” More…

Inherent Transparency: Values-Based Entrepreneurial Startups

Nascent entrepreneurs (NE) pertain to anyone engaged in the creation of a new venture. These individuals have the greatest influence on startup organizational culture. As the key visionaries for the newly established organization, NE’s develop the foundation for how the idea will manifest. Characteristics inherent to the NE become the primary influencers of the organization. In particular, inherent NEs’ values transparent to organizational followers become the adopted culture transposed through a values-based transformational leadership approach. This article argues for the implementation of a values-fortified approach for entrepreneurial leaders. The purpose of this piece is to establish an understanding for personal value alignment within startup operations. More…

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From the Editor

Welcome to Issue 25 of Leadership Advance Online. In this issue, we examine the importance of dynamic leadership in building a global team, the need for a values-based transformational leadership approach in entrepreneurial startups, healthy leader-follower relationships, and thoughtful organizational design to ensure an organization’s longevity. We also get an inside look as two leaders from vastly different cultures navigate the formation of a partnership. Enjoy!

Julia Mattera

“Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.”

Peter Drucker Management Consultant, Educator & Author Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient

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