How Life Experiences and Cultural Context Matter: A Multilevel Framework of Global Leader Effectiveness

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Abstract

We explore the implications of social cognitive and contact theories as applied to leader effectiveness in a global context. Specifically, we test a multilevel, moderated mediated model using a sample of 755 global leaders and their supervisors from 43 countries. These leaders were drawn from mostly senior executive ranks in large global corporations. Our findings support hypotheses confirming the indirect relationship of intense multicultural life exposure through global mindset in the prediction of global leader effectiveness, as well as the moderating role of home country culture tightness. These findings have implications for the selection and development of leaders in global roles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1331-1362
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Management Studies
Volume58
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2021

Keywords

  • global leadership
  • global mindset
  • intense multicultural life exposure
  • social cognitive theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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