Building Stronger Teams with Cultural Diversity
Imagine yourself working in a multicultural team, with people spread around the world… is this just a possibility? Or a real thing that you are dealing with (or, you can see you are going to deal with this soon)? Let’s see how important is to consider diversity and national aspects of culture within our projects. When we talk about diversity, usually people consider gender or race (depending on the country). But it is essential to bear in mind age diversity (experience x energy), ethnic diversity (bias that everyone has), hobbies (things that can create proximity), etc. How different a Latin person thinks, in comparison with angle saxon people? What does mean "high context" and "low context" cultures? The outcomes will the consciousness, be aware, about the "Unconscious Bias", to avoid an exclusive leadership behavior, and increase the team performance, with some "tips" about the dimensions of leadership considering the diversity and national culture aspects.
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Acknowledgements: Kimberly Whitby and Derrick May