In the U.S. we’re used to a certain style of management. As the culture here is shaped by an individualistic outlook, it’s not surprising that it feeds into the American management approach. Managers are accountable for decisions made within their areas of responsibility, and although important decisions might be discussed in open forum, the ultimate responsibility for decisions lies with them.
The Importance of Mentorship To be successful in any field, aspiring leaders require role models and guidance. Strong leadership skills are often attributed to strong mentors; leaders who help show others how to lead. Junior executives and young professionals can typically undervalue the important role of a mentor in their careers, but leadership is still more frequently learned by practice than by theory.
Why we’re lacking Asian American leadership and why we should care Asian Americans make up around 5% of the U.S. population. Yet the number of Asian Americans in leadership positions is very low—comprising just 2% percent of college presidents, less than 1% of board members, and only around 0.3% of corporate officers.