The Importance Of Cultural Diversity In Leadership

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Working in a global economy as an international leader can be rewarding, although, a lack of cultural awareness may be an extraordinary barrier to overcome. Aspiring leaders should have an understanding of diversity, and cultural awareness in the workforce because it can increase potential within the organization. This paper will address the questions presented in chapter five of leadership case problem B. Specifically, how should Erin conduct herself while visiting the Dijon operation, should Erin be replaced as the international liaison, and finally; what is the importance of international business relationships I gather from this study. Erin is facing what many first time leaders in international business fail to adequately prepare for. Clearly, she has some understanding of the language, although I think she underestimated…show more content…
Cultural diversity in the workforce is far to importance to give up so quickly. Specifically, Durbin (2010) examines many studies that have shown the value diversity has on an organizations bottom line. Two advantages mentioned by Durbin (2010) were “multicultural decision makers have an advantage in reaching a multicultural market” and “people from culturally diverse groups prefer to buy from a company with a good reputation for managing diversity” (pg. 412-413). I would argue that these two aspects are too valuable to consider removing Erin from this position so early. Additionally, it will not be difficult for Erin to expand her cultural sensitivity, and I would recommend the possibility of sending her to a seminar or two to get a better understanding of the French culture as well. After a discussion of how should Erin conduct herself while visiting the Dijon operation and whether she should be replaced as the international liaison, it leads to a discussion of my view on the importance of international business relationships I posit from this case

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