Sander Schroevers – also called ‘Sandro’
from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
Have good reading with me, about me :))))
Dear reader: I have read most of the book, and I was taken from the first page on until the last page, in one day! In fact, this is the best and most comprehensive coverage of recent leadership practices around the globe. Plus, the combination of empirical approaches with qualitative and quantitative approaches make this book a real scholarly gem! The part on Luxemburg with Dr Ursula Schinzel and Rita Knott really stands out, as it shows the unique impact of the Luxemburgish culture, which is an unconventional compilation of several subcultures coexisting in a small country, on responsible leadership. In this unusual and peculiar time of Corona Virus, with lockdowns, travel bans and social distancing, the book shows, that despite all of these limitations, collaboration, research, friendship, academic work and leadership don’t stop, as apparently there are no borders, no limits to any of them. On the contrary, this work is a testimony of cross-cultural collaboration against all odds. I wholeheartedly wish you enjoyable reading!
Detelin Elenkov (Ph.D. ’92, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
At last a cross-cultural book that uses non-US approach to the study of culture and leadership. The book includes both theory and practice of leadership in 24 countries, of which only four (Belgium, Czech Republic, France and Luxembourg) are included in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) list, and the rest are developing countries such as Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Moldova, and Guyana, countries for which there are very limited data about leadership. Moreover, the book could be used in both research and undergraduate level university instruction, as well as by practitioners and decision makers in the studied countries. The book’s findings were generated by the use of three methods of data collection, namely, literature survey, actual in-country questionnaire surveys, and experts’ advice by 48 academics and practitioners who experience living, working and teaching in these countries.
The following information is presented for each of the twenty four countries surveyed and described in the book: Country introduction; how the local nationals describe their leaders; survey and interviews results; in-country youtube review; summary of telephone interviews with local leadership experts; summary of video interviews with local cross-cultural trainers; a list of host country most popular books about leadership; analysis of hierarchy and its implications for human behavior; and recommendations for empathetic leadership approach.
The book has been compiled by experienced instructors of cross-cultural leadership and the data contributed by many others at one university, a testimony for what a collaborative efforts can yield. It is a great asset in any library, on-line or private collection.
Moshe Banai, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Baruch College, CUNY, USA.
Mapping Global Leadership – the newest book from University of Amsterdam for Applied Sciences – a cross-cultural comparison among countries, not by the USA, but by other countries around the globe, also including an interesting and in-depth analysis of one of the smallest countries, a country – Luxembourg – known by few if not for a superficial idea of a rich, clean and bourgeois country nestled in the centre of Europe.
The study reveals, following CCBS online questionnaire survey, and interviews with Dr Ursula Schinzel and Rita Knott, surprising aspects such as the enormous diversity of socio-cultural attitudes due to the multicultural aspect and above all the country’s ability to seize opportunities for the well-being of all.
While remaining proud of their being Luxembourgish, the natives are open to welcoming new cultures and ways of thinking in an environment of respect for rules shared by all.
It is interesting to note that the different cultures implanted in Luxembourg also create an excellent osmosis with the local culture.
I recommend reading this book to discover some surprising aspects for 24 countries worldwide, and especially about Luxembourg, a small country that could be considered a cultural laboratory.
This is a review of my own work. For the purpose of this book, I was interviewed to talk about leadership style in Luxembourg. The outcome of so many interviews around the world is now available in form of this book from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and CCBS (Cross-Cultural Business Skills). It is to be said that I am especially proud of being part of this book, an excellent collection of CCC : ‘Cross-Cultural Comparison’. Reading it is fun, really fun, because it is current, it is interesting, it is compelling, and represents a moment in time, before the outbreak of the Corona Virus pandemic. Cross-Cultural Comparison has been forever my dearest research. Thinking back when I was in school, 15 years old, participating in my first school exchange with Great Britain, and the next year with France, when I was 16 years old. Indeed, telling my stories about my stays in the exchange families, and seeing my listeners interests, this was fascinating, and then writing about my diverse experiences, while living, studying, working in different countries of Europe, the USA and Africa and Australia…. when travelling was not yet fashion, and then everybody started travelling, not only me, and now nobody travels because of the COVID-19 pandemic travel stop.
This book is amazing, an outstanding collection, and hopefully not the end, hopefully this research will continue and more people will contribute to more ‘storytelling of cross-cultural comparison. Enjoy the reading. Thank you for reading my stories.
Dr Ursula Schinzel
‘Mapping Global Leadership’ is a collection of leadership styles in different countries, where 125 students from the module ‘Cross-Cultural Business Skills’ at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences interviewed leaders and distributed questionnaires. My daughter was interviewed by one of the scholars during the Corona Virus lockdown period, via skype interview and collaboration was virtual to make corrections and clarifications. A remarkable work! Good luck with the reading!