• "The best leaders: Are friends with their subordinates but make decisions on their own; Compete with their own direct reports and make sure they are better than others; Speak honestly, but take into account others' status; Use indirect language and metaphors rather than get straight to the point; Avoid taking risks. American readers are probably scratching their heads: what kind of a leadership profile is this? How can a leader ignore his direct reports when making key decisions? What happens to credibility when you're constantly massaging the message? The brief profile above came from a survey of Chinese managers as part of the research program called the GLOBE project. Of course, there are also parts of the Chinese ideal leadership profile that are similar to the American profile, but it's usually the differences that get managers in trouble.: