If you are a foreign worker in India, one of your primary responsibilities is likely leadership development. It could be identifying leaders at the top level who can carry on countrywide operations, or it might be building up team and division level leaders capable of handling issues without much foreign involvement.
Indians are more than willing and able to take on these roles, and more often than not they succeed without any problems. However, it is also very common to see foreigners struggling to identify and develop quality leaders from within their organizations. Two-year assignments for foreigners balloon into four or five years because the ‘leadership pipeline’ seems to produce nothing more than a drip.
If you find yourself struggling with leadership development in India, it might be a case of misplaced cultural assumptions. [Read more…]