ERIC Number: ED278611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Culturally Fluent Leader of the Twenty-First Century.
Smith, Robert Charles; Lischin, Stevi
Increased global interdependence will be the dominant feature of the 21st century. This increased relatedness among the world's cultures and nations will require close intercultural linkages which are often fragile and full of hazards. If the 21st century is to experience a greater sense of planetary community, rather than increased tensions and conflict, nations will need culturally fluent global leaders. These leaders will work internationally in academic, corporate, government, or other settings. They will help people with vastly different underlying assumptions, experiences, values, and beliefs to work well together. This future global leadership will need to respond cross-culturally to major worldwide trends, such as the increasing flow of information, proliferating technology, and shifting belief patterns. A pyramid of culturally-fluent leadership is presented, which offers an agenda for the different skill and knowledge areas in which the culturally-fluent leader must be proficient. The pyramid base, self-understanding, is a foundation for learning other cultures, guiding ideas, perspective and vision, communication and empathy, technical and professional skills, process skills, and leadership abilities. Some areas for potential culturally-fluent leadership programs include schools, universities, corporate classrooms, international community building, training programs, and future-responsive learning. (Author/APG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Association of University Presidents (Seoul, Korea, August 31-September 3, 1986).