11. Bridge the Leadership Gap

A Bittersweet Promotion

Almost 20 years after joining a global pharmaceutical company, Alexandre de Carvalho reached the pinnacle of his career. After several management positions throughout the globe, he was now offered the Managing Director position for Africa.

On the one hand, drawn to Africa because of his paternal ancestry, Alexandre welcomed his assignment. On the other hand, given the not-so-notorious record of Africa as a “career booster” in his company, he was wondering whether this was a good move. A graduate of HEC Paris and Harvard Business School, Alexandre was extremely comfortable with the latest management techniques.

Through his vast experience, he had learned that good corporate citizenship hinges ...

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