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 10: Cultural Mythology and Global Leadership in Poland

Christopher Ziemnowicz and John Spillan

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10. Cultural mythology and global leadership in Poland Christopher Ziemnowicz and John Spillan INTRODUCTION The roots of myths and legends in Poland can be traced to its geography that made it an easy target for invaders as well as its tumultuous history. The nation has had many neighbors, which generally means problems, but also centurieslong cohabitation, annexation of its territories, and collapses as an independent nation. Not only has Poland shared its territory with other people, but also others have claimed its heroes. Examples include the poet, Adam Mickiewicz, who called himself ‘Lithuanian’ – even though he was born in Belarus. The hero of the Polish uprising as well as the American War of Independence, Tadeusz Kosciuszko, is also claimed by both nations. The famous woman ⁄ scientist and two-time Nobel Prize recipient, Maria Sklodowska who worked with her husband, Pierre Curie, is likewise claimed by both Poland and France. The heroic exploits of its people are legendary, as is their nationalism in spite of overwhelming odds as repeatedly illustrated through the willingness to put everything on the line to protect their country. Cultural mythology in Poland goes back to the country’s early history. A seminal event took place in 966 when Prince Mieszko adopted Christianity as the main religion for all of the Polish land. This also established Poland as a state within which Roman Catholicism became the primary religion of the Polish people. It became, and continues to be, a primary influence and integral component of Polish life and behavior....

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