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Connecting with Culture | What leaders need to know.

As cross-cultural matters become calibrated to a deeper understanding of how important communication and conflict resolution are to a global leader. Each step along the path I unpack my own worldviews and assumptions of how things area rather than how they should be (Sire, 1997, p 16). Our understanding of geography, language, customs, values, traditions, laws, ethics, and national psychology are all considerations to whether someone is a global leader (Foster, 2012). It then becomes imperative that global leaders understand the impact their approach to relationships has on differing cultures (Prichard, 2012). Culture is composed of individual interpretations of the world and the activities and artifacts that reflect these interpretations (Mintzberg, Ahlstrand and Lampel, 2005, p 265). When we embrace these interpretations rather than extinguish them, we connect deeply to the intrinsic needs of those within the culture we wish to operate (Foster, 2012). In my estimate, the secret to becoming a global leader is rooted in our ability to not only understand the complexities of the culture but also the art of connecting with those who reside within the culture as well.


Sire, James W. (1997). The Universe Next Door. Third Edition. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press

Foster, Philip (2012). Retrieved from his posting: Blackboard Dialogues for Doctorate in Strategic Leadership, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA.

Prichard, Skip CEO of Ingram Content Group. Personal Interaction on February 2, 2012, LaVergne, TN.

Mintzberg, H., Ahlstrand, B., Lampel, J. (1998). Strategy Safari. New York, NY: First Free Press.


Philip A Foster, MA is Founder/CEO of Maximum Change Inc. Elevating leaders and their organizations to the next level since 2005. Master Certified Coach, Philip A Foster, MA and his associates facilitate effective positive change by helping organizations, leaders and individuals in high demand — design and implement strategies that maximize focus and deliver results. Specializing in Organization and Strategic Leadership.

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