It is a truth that nobody can achieve something significant alone. Lonely heroes only exist in Hollywood movies and it’s just a myth. People, in general, are brilliant, some in their ideas, others in their talents, in their capacities and strengths but no one can say that they know everything or can do everything. Success is designed to be achieved by a group of people. Do you want to achieve something significant in your life?
If so, you need to relate and work well with people. Beyond having a mutual vision and the desire to achieve a goal, a relationship with others is what allows you to achieve team success. Connecting well with others will take you to a much higher level of achievement.
If you look around you, we all belong to teams. A family is a team, as well as small or large businesses. If you look at those who have achieved great successes none of them did it alone. Although recognition is usually for an individual, the study of their achievements will let us see that there is a group of people behind their success.
What is your attitude towards relating positively to others?
This leader is able to adopt new ideas and has the capacity to empower others to innovate and change the way they think and act. He is also the one who facilitates the process of transformation. Are you willing to embrace change?
The ability to embrace change that characterizes a transformational leader is known as “intellectual stimulation” in other words it is the availability to innovate and change. When you are in front of a leader who transforms, you will notice that they are innovative and they will question the way things are being done in order to reform or modernize them.
What is your level of flexibility when it comes to change?
The creation of an environment that promotes the participation of each member in an organization has great advantages.
The possibility of contributing new ideas and of being part of the decision-making process within an organization gives a sense of equality and belonging to every team member. These elements are fundamental in order to promote creativity and participation.
What kind of opportunities is your organization providing to encourage participation? And even more importantly, on which members are you focusing your efforts?
Have you ever wondered in what areas you have not achieved what you want because you are in your comfort zone?
The comfort zone cannot be easily identified. This is an unseen danger because today’s success is not necessarily the success of tomorrow and what you know today is not enough for your next achievement.
This comfort zone becomes an obstacle that may be delaying a change, or keeping you stuck, or not allowing you and/or your team to reach new levels of achievement.
What is limiting you to achieve or change what you want?
The vision of the organization is key to understanding where it’s going. No matter the size of your team or your organization, culture is what makes that vision come true.
The culture in the organization or its teams is built day by day through the relationships between the members of each team, as well as between employees and supervisors or managers.
There are several fundamental pieces in the creation of a proper organizational culture. However, the main element that can’t be missing is TRUST.
Do you know if trust is the indispensable element in the culture of your team or your organization?
More than 3.4 billion inhabitants (who make up half of the planet’s population) are connected through social networks. These are figures that we can’t ignore since much of what happens around us today is being influenced by these numbers.
If your personal and professional abilities, your experience and your perspective are not based on a global mentality, you are losing all the opportunities that globalization offers you. One of these opportunities is to expand your cultural understanding.
Thus, the lack of cultural understanding and global mentality leads to a cultural shock.
Are you ready to avoid a cultural shock?
If this is your first examination into the topics of leadership and culture, most likely you would like to know what leadership and culture are. Perhaps you would like know if you are a leader and, furthermore, understand how leadership and culture relate.
First of all, leadership and culture are universal topics that have existed from the beginning of human history and have been studied for centuries due to the relevance to each other.
Further, we are leaders, as we have the ability to influence and it is a fact that we live in a globalized world. Your ability to lead will be benefited or harmed depending on your understanding of the culture.
How can you increase your ability to lead in a globalized world?
Globalization, like never before, requires that we embrace a higher level of understanding of each other’s culture and values, regardless of our physical location in the world. As we are getting interconnected with the rest of the planet and aim to thrive socially, economically, intellectually, and professionally, it is more than evident that we need to increase our cultural awareness.
It does not matter how far we are from each other physically, it is in our human nature to have a desire to relate, connect, influence, and transform others.
Is the impact of global communications increasing the desire to extend your borders?
If we have successful work teams we also have successful organizations.
Connecting at a higher personal and/or professional level and creating relationships that allow greater achievements and better results requires transparency, authenticity and a desire to be part of a joint vision.
This means that your personal agenda will have to start opening space for the agendas of others and that your team’s priorities will become your priorities as well.
How can you achieve common goals with others?
Although we speak the same language, when we begin to interact with others we realize quickly that there are different points of view, mostly between what may or may not be appropriate. It is there where there may be misunderstandings or bad communication that creates low productivity in organizations.
The lack of cultural awareness and of a global mentality in this globalized era in which we live continues to cause cultural shocks in today’s organizations. Learning how to interpret not only our own culture but the behavior of others according to their own perspective is an indispensable skill for the global leader.
How can we understand others from their culture’s point of view?