Adapting your leadership style to a different cultural setting can be tough, especially when the new setting demands a style different from how you would normally and comfortably behave at home. So how do you adapt your leadership behavior across cultures without losing yourself in the process?
Great article: Source: di.dk
It is not always wise to follow the advice : “In Rome do like Romans do ” because you are not a Roman and therefore the expectations people have about you are conditioned by their own bias and stereotypes and what they think about your culture.
Global dexterity is the capacity to adapt your behavior, when necessary, in a foreign cultural environment to accommodate new and different expectations that vary from those of your native cultural setting.
Watch also the interview of Andy Molinsky, Author of “Global Dexterity” :https://hbr.org/video/2363497345001/reaching-across-cultures-without-losing-yourself
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New research shows that employers around the world value staff who understand the role of culture at work. Source: www.britishcouncil.org
What do employers understand by ‘intercultural skills ?
- Ability to understand different cultural contexts and viewpoints.
- Respect for others’ and ‘adapting to different cultural settings
- Accepting cultural differences
- Speaking foreign languages
- Open to new ideas and ways of thinking
How do employers evaluate job candidates for intercultural skills?
- Strong communication throughout the interview and selection process
- The ability to speak foreign languages
- Demonstration of cultural sensitivity in the interview
- Experience studying overseas
- Experience working overseas
What Is Your Company Doing To Develop Intercultural Skills ?
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A number of studies on the development of intercultural skills and competences have shown that first-hand experience of ‘otherness’ and even sojourns in a foreign country are not sufficient conditions to foster interculturality.
Both study abroad and intercultural education literature state that, in addition to experience, intercultural learning needs reflection and analysis, and that immersion in a different culture does not in itself reduce stereotypical perceptions of otherness.
Interculturality does not mean comparing two or more countries, nor learning to adapt to a specific ‘national culture’.
Rather, the concept implies, for example:
- Understanding how different types of identities (eg gender, age, racial, ethnic, national, geographical, historical, linguistic) impact on communication with others
- Interpreting what people say about their culture as evidence of what they wish others to see about themselves, rather than as the ‘truth’ about a particular culture
- Exploring the role of power in dominant discourses (media, political, institutional) and reflect on how these discourses affect the way we perceive people from other backgrounds.
Read Full article : Mobility is not a value in itself: intercultural education resources for mobile students – European Association for International Education
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In this globalised world, communicating in intercultural contexts is not as easy as it may seem…
Anne Egros‘s insight:
When you don’t understand someone’s behavior in intercultural context, ask questions, don’t guess through your own perception.
Be aware of your own cultural bias is a good start then listen to other people and notice similarities or differences on how messages are perceived and understood by making sure there is no misinterpretation either in words, voice tone or body language.
Good demonstration at the end of this article using Anglo-Dutch Translation Guide.
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How Are You ?
The answer Americans give, of course is, “Fine.”
But when Russians hear this they think one of two things: (1) you’ve been granted a heavenly reprieve from the wearisome grind that all but defines the human condition and as a result are experiencing a rare and sublime moment of fineness or (2) you are lying”.
True for French people too, they don’t always understand that “how are you?” is not a question, just another way to say “hi” in the United States
Read more on : The ‘How Are You?’ Culture ClashBy ALINA SIMONEJAN. 19, 2014