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Business management is not just related to business but also about people. It is part of the culture of the society in which it takes place. As a result of our world becoming smaller and increasingly interdependent, there is a need more than ever for business managers who can lead culturally diverse teams with intelligence.
During a TED talk a few years ago, Derek Sivers said “What is true in one culture , the opposite can be true in another.” Living and working overseas the last several years I have seen this reality up close and personal. When working with and discussing cultural intelligence with others, I often get the question “Does cultural intelligence really matter? Can’t you be successful with common sense and social intelligence?”
According to Erika Andersen, founding partner of Proteus International, the question she most commonly receives when doing seminars on leadership is: “Are leaders born or made?” She believes that most of the interviewers that pose this question believe they already know the answer and conclude that most people would argue and believe that leaders are born.
Over the summer of 2016, a group of American students had the opportunity to visit Ningxia and stay in the homes of several families in villages throughout the province. Each group of two or three American students was paired with a Chinese student, all members of Ningxia Yucai Middle School.