ABSTRACT

When a university graduate makes a decision to join a Japanese company, it is intended to be a commitment to stay with the organization for his entire career. The company, in turn, will if at all possible guarantee him secure employment until retirement. With this sort of long-term relationship, the matters of leadership and career development take on enormous importance. To what sort of leader does the new recruit look for guidance? When will he have a voice in the decision-making process? What pattern of leadership will he find prevailing in his new corporate ‘home’? And what must he do to make steady progress up the corporate hierarchy?