Modular Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this module, the student will be able to satisfy the following outcomes:
Develop a cross-cultural mindset, become more interculturally aware, and develop global leadership competencies.
Assess your cultural intelligence quotient and begin to construct an action plan for personal development.
Discuss the role of perspective when evaluating “outside” cultures.
Our society and those of other countries are more multicultural than ever before in history (see Course Overview in syllabus). As a result of increasing globalization throughout the world, few live and work in communities that are monocultural, and many work in organizations that cross national boundaries or work on projects that involve people from multiple cultures. This creates situations where individuals must interact with others who may hold very different values, attitudes, and world views. As a consequence, those who possess high levels of cross-cultural competence are in a better position to lead people with varied cultural backgrounds to more successfully accomplish organizational goals. Specifically, cultural intelligence builds leadership capacity by:
enhancing understanding of cultural differences;
reducing reliance on stereotypes;
improving the ability to adjust to different cultures;
enhancing interpersonal relationships in multicultural contexts; and
improving decision making and work performance.