This acceptance of hierarchy leads to higher status differences, formal social relations and greater power concentrations among fewer people. It also means people who reside in lower rungs of the social order may have fewer perceived choices and rarely question authority.
Once others see that the CFO challenges the status quo in an effective manner by working through the current management and executive processes, others will appreciate what a high impact and important job it is.
As you navigate our interconnected world, be mindful that humor is one of the most difficult cross-cultural skills to develop. Approach all people with a willingness to smile at them and laugh at oneself.