Intercultural Management Competence:

E x a m p l e s   ...

... for the development of Intercultural Management Competence in small steps:

You were asked a few days ago to take a management position in Latin America for three years. You are happy to accept this challenge. In order to prepare for the upcoming management task you decide to first take part in a training program for Cultural Awareness dealing with both your own culture and the culture of the host country. 

The second step you take is to optimize your personal leadership strengths related to the new leadership task in Latin America by having intercultural leadership coaching sessions.

… or …

The board of your company has decided to give you the responsibility for developing a joint venture in India. You decide to do a preparation course to increase your social and intercultural competence. You also decide to find out where you stand regarding your intercultural management competence to discover whether further steps need to be taken.

What do these situations have in common

What they have in common is …

… the fact that complex professional and leadership tasks in an international context are particularly successful when both professional competence and competence related to intercultural issues are developed. Communication and social intelligence are just as important as leadership skills.

Ignoring or wrongly interpreting cultural differences can have dire consequences for your relationships with customers, partners or employees who come from a different cultural background and can lead to great financial loss.