A great piece from HBR on the differing leadership styles required to succeed cross-culturally, and the difficulties that can be encountered when leaders fail to adapt their approach to reflect local market cultural norms.
This article specifically explores attitudes to authority and decision-making in a leadership context, and how these impact effectiveness of leadership and team working.
Intercultural adaptation is recognised as a vital component in the success (or failure) of an international assignment, yet cross-cultural training has been removed as a standard element of many mobility policies due to the drive for cost control and reduction...
"Approaches to authority and decision making are not the only ways in which cultures differ, but they are arguably the most important in the leadership context. And if international managers confound the two, they will make mistakes in adapting their leadership styles to the cultures and situations at hand."