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Growing as a Global Leader

Curiosity and the insatiable desire to learn will lead a global leader to not only embrace their experiences, but also make sense of them (Black,, 1999, p 61). Through learning we are able to better make sense of the so-called ever-changing kaleidoscopic images viewed through our paradigms as cultural bias and acquisition. (Black,, 1999, p 61). Black uses the image of an old and young woman to argue his point of perceptual deception.

Black, (1999) uses these illustrations to explain how we might miss key facts, important relationships, and critical connections to help improve our approaches to becoming a global leader (p 47).

Until I traveled outside of the United States, I had only a small understanding of the complexities of the world beyond my borders. While we are all humans on one planet, there is such complexity that we must learn to observe, deliberate and ponder to better master our approach to people (Black,, 1999, p 58). My thoughts circle back to the level of inquisitiveness we hold to seek deeper understanding of others and the environment in which they operate. The human condition appears to be sublimated to our ability to desire and achieve relationships with others. I would argue that it is through this relationship that we build understanding, mutual respect and trust.

Black, J. S. (1999). Global Explorers: The Next Generation of Leaders. Abingdon, England: Routledge.


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