1) UNDERSTANDING CULTURE AND ITS ROLE IN LEADERSHIP
Culture is a combination of visible and invisible elements, from beliefs and thoughts, to behaviors and actions. Geert Hofstede defines culture as a “group phenomenon - a collective mind programming - that distinguishes one group of people from another, from a behavioral perspective.” He splits it into different layers, from visible to less visible as follows:
Culture shapes what we do and what we think, including how we approach leadership. Leaders must have a clear understanding of the role culture plays. Our background, life experiences, and relationships all contribute to make us who we are today. These factors also have a profound impact on how we lead.
2) UNDERSTANDING YOUR OWN CULTURAL VALUES, PREFERENCES AND BIASES
It all starts with raising self-awareness and understanding who you are as a leader in order to be able to lead with authenticity.
Based on the “Cultural Map” model developed by Erin Meyer, here are 8 key cultural dimensions for how we work globally:
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
3) LEARNING ABOUT THE OTHER CULTURE AND HOW IT IMPACTS BEHAVIOR
Remember that perception is relative. Be curious, non-judgmental, humble and open-minded. Ask yourself:
4) ASSESSING YOUR 6 WINNING KEY PERSONALITY TRAITS
There are 6 key personality traits that will help you develop a global mindset:
5) PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: DEVELOPING STRATEGIES TO BRIDGE GAPS
Genuinely appreciate differences. “It’s not about me, not about you, but the difference between you and me,” Erin Meyer.
It is important to become consistently aware of the impact of your own style on others in order to be able to bridge gaps, adjust the way you communicate, and flex your leadership style.
Review Part 1 of Developing Cultural Competency: Leading with a Global Mindset here.
The Cultural Map from Prof. Erin Meyer.
Why do you need cultural intelligence and how to develop it. Forbes.
Leading with a global mindset. Culture Wizard.
ICBI™(Individual Cultural Blueprint Indicator). Cultural Business Consulting.
Riding the Waves of Culture. TED Talk from Dr. Fons Trompenaars.
Understanding Cultural Differences. MindTools.
Check out our blog articles on Culture here.
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As a Leadership and Executive Coach, Sophie partners with leaders and organizations who want to develop their global mindset and to thrive in complex, changing and multi-cultural environments.
Her diverse clientele has included corporate and private clients from global companies and non-profit organizations around the world. She also supports global entrepreneurs and start-ups. She’s a native French speaker and works in 3 other languages (English, Spanish & Italian)., Spanish & Italian).