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Leadership Skills Required for Multi-Cultural Situations

What essential leadership skills are required in more complex situations such as one with multiple cultures? How can one improve those skills by a better understanding of the cultural aspects or are those skills ones that are more fundamentally lacking?

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We live and operate in a global market. In fact, as stated by Newman and Nollen (1996), "Globalization leads to standardization" (p. 753). Globalization has and continues to occur and organizations that fail to adapt to the global community are doomed. Regardless of geographical location or corporate headquarters, understanding culture is a complex process. Often times, especially a multinational corporations or organizations that interact heavily with international businesses, employees (regardless of organizational status) find it difficult to effectively communicate and relate to individuals outside their own culture. With today's modern day workplaces, there are individuals from many cultures and due to a lack of education regarding cultural differences, situations of conflict often arises.

Organizational leaders set the tone for employee behavior. This means that leaders must be ...

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This solution details various leadership skills used by individuals who have been successful in developing a cohesive multicultural workplace. This solution also outlines the importance of understanding cultures other than one's own. Further, this solution highlights timely research regarding multicultural leadership tips and techniques.