Leadership Theories: What Corporate Leaders in China Can Learn

  • Ricardo A. Pinos
  • Xiaofan Li


Corporate leaders in the 21st century should have the capacity and capability to comprehend, embrace, and adapt to changes in order to survive and thrive. Throughout history, leaders are generally accustomed to changes and there is no doubt that those who are more capable of dealing with ups and downs have a better chance of getting through disastrous upheavals. In this new information age, changes in the market place and in the extensively diverse workforce appear to happen even much faster over a short period of time. In this sense, the ability to react and adapt to change is one of the key characteristics of a 21stcentury leader. 

Author Biographies

Ricardo A. Pinos
Ricardo A. Pinos (Richpinos@aol.com), is a PhD candidate in Organizational Behavior and Management, in the School of Business and Technology, Capella University in Minneapolis, MN. He got his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and his M.S. in Computer /Electronic Engineering from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. and a MBA from Northrop University, Inglewood, CA. His research interests include Fortune 500 corporate boardroom diversification, corporate culture and Global Strategy.
Xiaofan Li
Xiaofan Li (04li@cua.edu), is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology, Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She got her M.A. in Catholic University of America and B.A. in Zhongshan (Sun Yat-Sen) University, Guangzhou, P.R. China. Her research interests include China study, globalization, and cultural change.Mr. Pinos initiated the idea of leadership theories and constructed the leadership model. Ms. Li applied the theories and model to the Chinese situation and did the subsequent editing and writing in the final section.