Our cultural lens focuses our values and belief systems, directing our behaviour, thoughts and interactions. In today’s multi-cultural society and international business environment, the ability to exhibit strong cultural intelligence and access other cultural lenses will allow leaders to develop the tools to succeed in complex environments. Learning to manage and strategically engage with cultural differences can be a key competitive advantage, unlocking powerful new pathways to success.
With Australian business continuously growing internationally, professionals looking to step up into senior executive roles are increasingly having to work in international environments. As we launch into the Asian Century, leaders will need a keen understanding of cultural patterns, drivers and behaviours. Whether to improve the results of international business deals or promote personal professional growth in a multicultural organisation, it is more crucial than ever for leaders to expand their cultural intelligence and develop strategies to overcome any cultural barriers that can present themselves.