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The Culture of Leadership: The relationship between national culture and leadership models
Swedish National Defence College.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The objective of this thesis is to discuss the influence of national culture in leadership within military organizations and also to explore the effectiveness of a specific leadership model in a multinational context. Developmental leadership (DL) is a model used by the Swedish Armed Forces (SAF) since 2003. However, the aim is not to answer the question of if a certain leadership model has an effect or not and therefore legitimize or discard the use of it. It rather raises the question of why this leadership model has been chosen to become such an integral part of an organization. This thesis analyzes DL by classifying its components using Hofstede’s theory of cultural dimensions as a basis and compares the results with Sweden’s cultural dimensions to find a correlation. The results show a high correlation between DL and Sweden, but DL does not correlate with Belgium’s cultural dimensions. Sweden’s characteristics are also complemented by empirical data collected for the purpose of this thesis. According to this interview study with Swedish officers, even though DL is not consciously applied to their leadership styles, it coincides with the characteristics of their vision of an ideal leader. Moreover, DL consists of components that are suitable foundations for an effective multinational leadership.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 53 p.
Keyword [en]
Leadership, Developmental Leadership, Utvecklande Ledarskap, National Culture, Cultural Dimensions, Hofstede, Swedish Armed Forces
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-4035OAI: diva2:632556
Subject / course
War Studies Thesis
Educational program
Officersprogrammet (OP)
Available from: 2013-08-07 Created: 2013-06-25 Last updated: 2013-08-07Bibliographically approved

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