Vodcast #005 - Leadership and Authority by Jan
Welcome to our Cross-Cultural Series! Our guest speaker of this episode is Jan, our China Market Consultant, who shares with us her understanding on leadership in a Chinese context, given her experience working in both China and overseas.
Throughout centuries, Chinese culture is influenced by Confucius, which emphasised social and family hierarchy. Authority or top-down approach is an obvious guide to maintain social structure. Leadership, on the other hand, is about the character of the person, not his or her social position. It has an inspirational and two-way elements. Jan shares with us her observation on how Chinese is blending both authority and leadership in recent years, with the pandemic as a case in point.
Watch the video to gain insights into the change of paradigm of leadership. This may give you some ideas on your next business deal with Chinese.