Daring Across Cultures

Nowadays, most companies regularly collaborate with teams of different cultures and nationalities, and many times this leads to a series of difficulties in communication, relationships and even in the achievement of the results in the company's own business. To have a successful team and business, awareness of other cultures is important to work together and understanding how to handle situations in a multicultural environment.

In my work as a Leadership Coach and Cross-Cultural trainer, helping leaders to be more effective and aware of their own potential in a globalized world, I’ve seen that the majority for the challenges that most of my clients are facing are not just relating with their professional or career challenges, they are mainly connected with their own emotions, their internal values, and beliefs. Their way to lead, work and connect with others, are absolutely related to their willingness to be vulnerable, open and curious about themselves and others. 

Brene Brown, in her new book, Dare to Lead, shows us the importance of being vulnerable in order to dare as a leader, especially in cultures defined by comparison and scarcity. She defines vulnerability as the emotion that we experience during times of uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure. It’s not about winning or losing, it’s having the courage to show up when you can’t control the outcome. We need to trust, ourselves and others, to be vulnerable, and we need to be vulnerable in order to build trust. 

It’s exactly when challenges happen: a new promotion, an assignment abroad, a career change or even developing yourself to be a better and efficient leader; the moments of uncertainty and exposure, when insecurity and fear become sometimes bigger than your own strengths, that you need to be brave, courageous and vulnerable. Staying curious and open to ask questions, instead of pretending to have the right answer; seeing power as an infinite opportunity, sharing with others, instead of a finite limitation; and leaning-in vulnerability and hard conversations, instead of avoiding them. 

Leadership is not about titles; a leader is someone who takes responsibilities for their own action and consequently for the world. Leaders who are willing to work on their own personal and professional development, becoming more aware of their own potential and grounded on their values and strengths, will consequently be ready to face their opportunities and future assignments with more confidence and security of themselves. Creating an environment with more empathy, trust, and connection, regardless of where they live or work.

Andrea F.