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Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership

Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership

Edited by Eric H. Kessler and Diana J. Wong-MingJi

This ground-breaking book explains how deep-seated cultural mythologies shape contemporary global leaders and provides insights into navigating the dynamics and complexities in today’s era of globalization. The authors use myths to uncover core characteristics and values from 20 different cultural contexts spanning all major regions of the world – the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and Asia and the Pacific Rim – that have evolved over generations and continue to shape global leadership models. Commentaries are included from practicing managers and leaders to provide real world insights on the implications of the ideas discussed. International managers and executives, public officials, business consultants and corporate trainers will welcome the insights on cross-cultural leadership styles. The book will also find interest from researchers and students across a broad array of professional and social science disciplines.

Chapter 8: Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in England

Romie Frederick Littrell

Subjects: politics and public policy, leadership


Romie Frederick Littrell INTRODUCTION At least some of the English have had a tradition of viewing themselves as uniquely qualified to be world leaders; Lord Palmerston, in 1858 in Parliament: ‘our duty – our vocation – is not to enslave, but to set free; and I may say, without any vain-glorious boast, or without great offence to anyone, we stand at the head of moral, social and political civilization. Our task is to lead the way and direct the march of other nations’, and according to Archibald Philip Primrose 5th earl of Rosebery, prime minister 1894–5, the British Empire was ‘the greatest secular agency for good that the world has seen’. England has significant examples of effective leadership in King William I of Normandy, establishing a line of kings who built and adapted a strong, lasting government. King John abused his powers, and was forced by noble English leaders to sign the Magna Carta, which limited the powers of the king and established a cornerstone of English Common Law, spread by the Empire around the world. Henry II established laws for all of the people of England. Under the rule of Elizabeth I, England became one of the most powerful nations in the world, growing into the British Empire in the seventeenth to twentieth centuries. The events of the building of the British Empire actually define the Real First World War, where the pursuit of trade brought British overseas merchants and the military into conflict with other imperial powers, initially with...

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