Shaping the Global Leader: Fundamentals in Culture and Behavior for Optimal Organizational Performance, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Shaping the Global Leader

Fundamentals in Culture and Behavior for Optimal Organizational Performance, 1st Edition

By Henry Biggs, Tom Bussen, Lenny Ramsey


236 pages | 9 B/W Illus.

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Considering behavioral norms in their cultural contexts, this book arrives at a fully operational international leadership theory – and makes it accessible to academic and professional readers alike.

Shaping the Global Leader fundamentally covers eight cultural dimensions gleaned from acclaimed international leadership scholars such as Geert Hofstede and the GLOBE study authors. Each cultural dimension is followed by interviews of renowned organizational leaders who relate their experiences in that area and each section underscores strategies for moving forward. The authors highlight critical lessons from classic behavioral psychology experiments and apply these findings to the international organizational context.

This book serves as an eminently readable and enlightening handbook for those working, leading or studying interculturally. Both students and professionals in international leadership or business will be provided with clear and actionable organizational insights for an increasingly complex global landscape.


"Embrace yourself for a breathtaking journey in the multi-faceted world of cultural beliefs and practices. A must for any student, professional, and world traveler wanting to increase their cultural IQ." — Dr. Nitish Singh, Professor of International Business, The Boeing Institute of International Business, Saint Louis University, USA

"This book offers a new appraoch to a better understanding of other cultures and would help prevent wrong ideas on how a business person or an international lawyer should behave when negotiating with partners from other cultures." —Joël L. Monéger, Emeritus Professor of Law, Jean Monnet Chair ad personam, Dr HC, France

"This book presents a comprehensive view of the world’s cultures and their implications for business; it will be extremely helpful to anybody trying to successfully do business globally."—Jean Paul Montupet, Former Chairman, Emerson Asia Pacific and Former President, Emerson Europe.

"If you are interested in any serious way in participating not only in Global world business but also in enjoying the experience, Good to Global is a must read that will give you in-depth analysis of cultures, practices and ideas so you can enjoy the world in a more inclusive way. Biggs, Bussen and Ramsey have done a great job by combining research with practical examples to make the journey of becoming a better world citizen a decidedly pleasant one."–Juan Ferreira, Global Vice President, Crop Protection, Monsanto/Bayer

"Biggs, Bussen and Ramsey take their readers on a global expedition, connecting real world examples of success and failure to prepare us for the sometimes tenuous, often rocky landscape of global organizational culture -- helping us to keep our own biases in check -- so we can expertly navigate the global landscape."—Tim Nowak, Executive Director, World Trade Center - St. Louis

Table of Contents


Chapter One: The What, How and Why of Culture

Chapter Two: Individualism -----------------------– Collectivism

Chapter Three: A Glass of Beer, A Shot of Sake, and Groupthink

Chapter Four: Group Work and the Free-Rider Effect

Chapter Five: Achievement --------------- Ascription

Chapter Six: Power Distance: Hierarchical versus Egalitarian

Chapter Seven: Avoiding the Elixir of Power

Chapter Eight: Uncertainty Avoidance

Chapter Nine: The Loss Aversion Bias

Chapter Ten: Assertiveness

Chapter Eleven: Pan-Cultural Motivation

Chapter Twelve: Attitudes in Time

Chapter Thirteen: Communication is More - Much More - Than Language

Chapter Fourteen: Ethnocentrism…




About the Authors

Dr. Henry Biggs currently serves as CEO of Course Scheduling, President of Eusabian Technologies and General Counsel of Incentilock—all of which are software development companies with business in US, Europe and Asia. He was formerly Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis where he taught International Leadership with co-author Lenny Ramsey. He is a dual citizen of the US and Italy and currently resides in Paris, France.

Tom Bussen, JD, MBA is former Assistant Professor of Business at American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan where he taught courses in Leadership, International Business and Ethics.

Dr. Lenny Ramsey is Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Carroll University. She earned her PhD in Neuroscience through the McDonnell International Students Academy at Washington University in St Louis, where she taught international leadership with Biggs. She is a Dutch national.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Communication / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Etiquette
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Workplace Culture