Formative Assessment 2 Leadership and Management Development 7LMD


Executive Summary

This assessment entails the benefits of the leadership and management development activity and program. Also, the cultural dimension and ethical consideration in leadership and management development are discussed. Notably, leadership and management development entails equipping the individuals with the right skills to promote their competence. These skills include communication, interpersonal, teamwork, critical thinking, and decision-making (Iordanoglou, 2018). The benefits of a leadership and management training activity are promoting employee satisfaction and motivation, enhancing conflict management, promoting relationships, and business expansion. The discussion below acknowledges the differences between the Western and Japanese cultures (Nakayama and Wan, 2019). Leadership and management development focus on understanding these differences and their relevance. Ethical considerations in leadership and management development include respecting others’ cultures and acknowledging the differences in values and beliefs.



Table of Contents

Executive Summary. 2

1.0      Introduction. 4

2.0      Leadership and Management Development Training. 4

2.1      Cultural Competence in Leadership and Management 4

2.2      Differences in the Japanese and Western Cultures 5

3.0      Benefits of the Leadership and Management Development Training in Cultural Awareness 5

  1. Employee motivation and satisfaction. 5
  2. Effective conflict management 6
  3. Promoting relationships. 6
  4. Enhancing business expansion. 6

4.0      Ethical Dimensions to Consider. 6

5.0      Conclusion. 7

References 8




1.0 Introduction

Leadership skills and competencies are diverse. In contemporary organisations, leadership and management are mainly concerned with people management. This involves continuous engagement with employees and addressing their needs and preferences. This promotes the collaborative practice and is vital in achieving organisational objectives. People management skills are diverse, including communication, interpersonal, and cultural competence (CIPD, 2020). According to Alton (2018), cultural competence focuses on working with employees from various backgrounds, regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, and race. This is important in promoting their contribution to the company, comfort, and satisfaction. Also, this reduces the risk of intention to leave, citing discrimination and inequality.

2.0Leadership and Management Development Training

Leadership and management development training focuses on enhancing the leaders’ and managers’ skills and competence across various areas, including communication, cultural competence, teamwork, critical thinking, and decision making (Iordanoglou, 2018). The training offers a clear path regarding one’s development throughout the career as a leader or manager. The training ensures that the individuals are equipped with the right skills and qualities required for inspirational leadership and effective management. These are characterised by inspiring the individuals and motivating them to deliver quality results, according to the organisational needs. Several factors should be considered for a successful leadership and management development program (Megheirkouni and Mejheirkouni, 2020). These include designing the program according to the company’s needs, understanding what is expected of them as they embark on the training plan, and focusing on the skills, behaviours, and personal competence.

2.1Cultural Competence in Leadership and Management

Among the core areas in leadership and management program is cultural competence. The contemporary business environment and globalisation inform this. Notably, leaders and managers within the company should be adept at managing individuals from various cultural backgrounds. This is important in communicating with employees and stakeholders from various parts of the world. According to Fagnani (2020), cultural competence is a central element in successful relationships and leadership when working with customers, subordinates, and business colleagues. Cultural competence is a major issue in current complex working environments. This is based on the individual’s knowledge and abilities to steer the firm through the cultural dynamics and foster a healthy working environment and collaborations at the company.

2.2  Differences in the Japanese and Western Cultures

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