The art of leadership is to see life out of the other person’s culture. ~ Karin Sebelin
The new key component in business is cultural competence. And we speak here not about knowing everything about lifestyles and customs of different cultural races and groups.
Knowledge of lifestyles and customs of different cultural groups is good, undoubtedly. The wisdom how to harness the gains of cultural diversity is better.
Leadership wisdom is a dynamic in the development of cultural competence. It is the application of wisdom that ensures cultural competence.
Wisdom hath builded her house,
she hath hewn out her seven pillars.
The 7 Pillars of Leadership Wisdom :
1. Time perspective
2. Reflective life experience
3. Making sense of ambiguity
4. Trade off judgement
5. Dealing with life pragmatics
6. Psychological empathy
7. Emotional maturity
Culturally competent leaders …
1.) Acknowledge the immense influence of culture.
It is essential to understand that all people are immersed in their own culture, with different beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors, which guides their personal and professional interactions.
However, human nature is such that everyone tends to be ethnocentric. which means believing that the own cultural way of life is the norm and the standard.by which all others are judged.
What we forget is that the next person, who may be from another culture, also may be ethnocentric.
2.) Are able to assess cross-cultural interactions correctly.
They are able to see the other person’s perspective and avoid rigid stereotyping.
3.) Expand the own cultural knowledge and incorporate this knowledge into their everyday practice.
4.) Adapt to diversity.
They empathize with each person differently. They create comfortable and pleasant environments, according to the needs of the other person.
5.) Express trust.
They not only give trust, they live trust, in order to make the other person feel welcome and at home. Living trust is a sign of tolerance and humanity.
6.) Speak in the unique language with the other person.
Talking in the person’s language is a sign of respect and awe and leads to trust.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
(The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776)
Each of us deserves happiness and culturally competent leaders concede others this happiness.
WHAT WE SHOULD LEARN …
It is not decisive how many people we attract into our life.
It is decisive that we see each person in its own cultural light!
And help increasing this light!