Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership
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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.
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Chapter 2: Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in Canada

Nina D. Cole and Rhona G. Berengut


Nina D. Cole and Rhona G. Berengut INTRODUCTION The mythologies of Canada emanate from three fundamental aspects of Canadian life: its northern geography, its three founding cultures and its complex democracy. The physical geography of Canada covers six time zones, and includes flat, rolling prairies, soaring mountain peaks and the frozen north. English, French, and First Nations peoples joined together to unite the land from sea to sea to sea. The peaceful democracy of Canada has endured despite, or perhaps due to, its constitutional complexity. Together, these three historical realities have shaped a national culture characterized by accommodation of differences. These mythologies of Canada will now be further explored. OVERVIEW OF CANADIAN MYTHOLOGIES Mythologies of the Land that Shapes it Canada is a vast and often inhospitable land, abundantly rich in geographic variety. Bounded by three oceans, it stretches from a southern boundary that shares latitude with Northern California, to a northern boundary above the Arctic Circle. Perhaps nothing has shaped the Canadian psyche as much as the challenges of living within its physical realities. Myths of the land Canada is a land whose character has been shaped by the vastness of distance, the harshness of weather, and the compromises that both require in order to survive. Early European explorers, rather than trying to conquer the terrain, learned from the First Nations peoples their ways of travel and life. The Voyageurs explored the waterways and paved the way for the Hudson’s Bay Company, one of the world’s oldest commercial enterprises....

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