Chinese Leadership Style

Questions about Leadership in China

I have been writing a monthly column for CHO Magazine since its first print magazine issue in 2005.  In those articles I have shared many of my ideas about how to improve various areas of human resources.  I plan to continue that approach.  But today I would like to try something different.

Leadership Styles Part I

When we examine what it takes to be a good leader we usually look at personality traits and competencies.   But we often overlook the leader’s style.   This means that a leader has certain behaviors that they often repeat.   This repetitive behavior becomes known in the company as the leader’s style.  Actually, this is not only important for the leader but also for the company he leads because leadership style will impact the organization’s culture.

Chinese Leadership Style

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This article originally appeared in Human Resources Magazine, the Journal of the Hong Kong Institute of HR Management in October 2011. 

Leading from the Heart in China


Leading from the heart is an essential trait of admired leaders in China.  Unfortunately however, many Chinese business leaders do not lead this way.  They arose to their positions through shrewdness, cunning, aggressiveness or opportunism.   That is not a criticism but rather an observation that moving towards business leadership in China has not historically required a demonstrated success with leading people.  Rather, the p

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