Individualistic, hierarchical and multi-active, Spaniards often find the team role a difficult one.
Although Spaniards rarely say that they are in competition with colleagues, they frequently express jealousy of colleagues and that is not a healthy emotion in a team environment.
Older managers, who have been used to a more directive management style, can find the concepts of empowerment and open collaboration alien to their approach.
Teams, where they do exist, are more likely to consist of a group of individuals reporting to a strong leader and acting on his instructions. Communication between team members might even be through the boss to avoid confusion or duplication of activities.
This country-specific business culture profile was written by Keith Warburton who is the founder of the cultural awareness training consultancy Global Business Culture.
Global Business culture is a leading training provider in the fields of cross-cultural communication and global virtual team working. We provide training to global corporations in live classroom-based formats, through webinars and also through our cultural awareness digital learning hub, Global Business Compass.
This World Business Culture profile is designed as an introduction to business culture in Spain only and a more detailed understanding needs a more in-depth exploration which we can provide through our training and consultancy services.
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