- The Javanese, in general, abhor conflict and tough conversations, placing a high value on harmony. It would be considered uncultured in a Javanese company to give openly critical feedback, however sincerely intended.
- Sumatrans, on the other hand, are straightforward and direct. It is perfectly acceptable to give and receive criticism without any loss of face.
What Followers Want From LeadersRapid economic growth is placing greater demands on Indonesian leaders. In a bid to tap into the nation's economic potential, execution has been overemphasized, while engaging and developing people has been neglected. Though leaders must ensure results, consistent, sustainable performance can emerge only from a good grasp of what followers need. Gallup's research has identified followers' four key needs:
Vibhas Ratanjee is a Senior Practice Expert and leads Gallup's Leadership and Succession Management practice in Asia-Pacific. Meiliany Wu is a Client Service Advanced Consultant. They are based in Gallup's Singapore office and work extensively in Indonesia.