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Current trends of global leadership challenges from cross cultural perspectives

  1. Female respondents rated significantly higher than men all seven dimensions of leadership, and rated four significantly higher — vision, work teams, ability to form coalitions and organizational culture. View in article PwC, Millennials at work.
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Largest Global PR Leadership Study Karla The largest and most global examination to date into the state of public relations profiles a profession being reshaped by forces as current as digital networks and as timeless as generational divides.

Respondents identify the impact of digital networks and massively available real-time information as the fundamental forces transforming the practice of contemporary public relations. The new realities and consequences of the digital revolution underlie the four most important issues identified by nearly two thirds of global respondents to the online survey.

  1. This report is intended to help leaders think about how traditional notions of leadership must change.
  2. Second, diversity of customers.
  3. Consciously, I put all sorts of checks and balances in place with respect to the thinkers I gravitate to. This is because demographic change has a slow-burn effect on workplace profiles.
  4. Say those numbers slightly differently—2020, 2025, or 2030—and your imagination takes you somewhere else entirely. The openness to different ideas and experiences is a defining characteristic of inclusive leaders, who give weight to the insights of diverse others.
  5. A total of 120 items were included in the survey. For leaders who have perfected their craft in a more homogenous environment, rapid adjustment is in order.

At the same time, the study, which was co-sponsored by IBM and Heyman Associates, reveals significant generational, gender and cultural variations within the profession, which is now as much as 70 percent female, with women ascending in greater numbers to leadership positions. The headline here is that current leaders may be reading too many of their own press clips. The most striking divides in the survey are the gaps between older and more experienced professionals and younger practitioners.

Industry professionals under the age of 36 ranked issues like improving professional image and measurement of communication effectiveness much higher than older professionals.

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Younger and lower-level survey participants also ranked issues of social responsibility, transparency and diverse cultures higher than top leaders. Conversely, more senior, established leaders emphasized dealing with the speed and volume of information, crisis management or employee engagement. Female respondents rated significantly higher than men all seven dimensions of leadership, and rated four significantly higher — vision, work teams, ability to form coalitions and organizational culture.

On the top issues facing the profession, women rated all 10 issues higher than men, and eight of them significantly higher, or more important.

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  • Smart and strong, they carry the weight of the world on their shoulders;
  • I think it brings far greater confidence to the decision making when you know you are being supported by people who have far more diverse points of view;
  • This curiosity leads them to value cultural differences, defying ethnocentric tendencies that cause people to judge other cultures as inferior to their own, and enabling them to build stronger connections with people from different backgrounds;
  • Younger and lower-level survey participants also ranked issues of social responsibility, transparency and diverse cultures higher than top leaders.

Women were also more optimistic about the future of the profession in many countries. On the other hand, men were more bullish about the performance of the top communications leader in their organization, about the presence of two-way communication and the extent to which the CEO understood the value of public relations. Just as leadership priorities diverge along generational lines, interesting variations are evident across the national, cultural and economic spectrum.

Largest Global PR Leadership Study

Practitioners in those countries, along with Mexico, were also more optimistic about the future of the profession. China, India, Brazil and Mexico ranked management of the digital revolution of highest importance, while digital transformation was rated lowest in Estonia, Latvia and Russia.

Measuring the outcomes and effects of social media also ranked much higher in Brazil, Mexico and Chile. Participants in those three Latin American countries rated the issue of corporate social responsibility higher than their global counterparts, and Brazilian and Mexican professionals rated the issue of employee engagement higher than others. As public relations leaders continue to focus on training employees on digital media strategies and implementing the use of analytic technologies, they must also capitalize on these technical advances to close organizational gaps among leaders, practitioners and global workforces.

Two significant future themes were consistently highlighted across countries. As communication leaders prepare for an uncertain future, efforts to develop new leaders should focus on: All countries rated change management or conflict management skills the highest of 12 approaches to improvement Professional and educational structures that produce measurement skills and guidelines, ethical frameworks, and knowledge of economic and global environments in which they occur.

Measurement skills and business knowledge were consistently highlighted. These two factors underscore the shared view across all geographies for greater investment and attention to the development of leadership competencies along three dimensions: The higher the score maximum is 21. India was rated highest 16. Most countries, including the U. Clear opportunities exist for improved leadership and organizational conditions in all surveyed countries.

This study is the first of its kind to take an in-depth global look at cross-cultural leadership in Public Relations and Communication Management. Seventy percent of participants surveyed currently hold the 1 or 2 leadership positions within their organization.