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The Future of an illusion: in search of the new European business leader

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The new configuration of the EU brings both great expectations and considerable anxiety for organizations and their members. On the one hand, it can be seen as an opportunity to develop a powerful economic entity with a strong cultural heritage, similar values, and enough diversity to foster creativity and innovation. On the other hand, it brings the fear of diluting national identities, clashing cultural norms, religious strife, and incompatibility of leadership styles and work practices. In this paper, the authors discuss the challenges faced by European organizations and their leaders. They identify the sources of anxiety of members of European organizations, and argue that the role of European leaders is to provide their followers with a transitional space, i.e., an environment that creates safety and necessary encouragement for experimentation, learning, and relearning. Specific recommendations for European leaders are provided in this paper, as well as examples of leadership development opportunities in Europe.

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http://flora.insead.edu/fichiersti_wp/inseadwp2005/2005-13.pdf

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