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Culture and Leadership Across the World by Robert J. House, Felix C. Brodbeck, Jagdeep S. Chhokar

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“Primus Inter Pares”: Leadership and Culture in Sweden

Ingalill Holmberg & Staffan Åkerblom

Centre for Advanced Studies in Leadership, Stockholm School of Economics

Swedish leadership is vague and imprecise … in giving an order a Swede will typically say “See what you can do about it!” What does this mean? It is obviously connected with the extensive delegation of authority. Managers who say “See what you can do about it!” are demonstrating trust in their co-workers. It is also a question of exercising control through a common understanding of the problem, rather than through giving direct orders. This must be regarded as one of the strengths ...

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