Have you ever been told that a color looks great on you and the first thing that comes to your mind is that it was a not very sincere compliment? Then, at the first chance you get, you go to the mirror to verify if that compliment was true or not? The way you view others is determined by who you are. What is your perception of the members of your team?
In the previous blog, I was pointing out how essential it is for all members of the team to develop the correct attitude towards relationships. Now let’s talk about how valuable it is to understand that “the way you see others is a reflection of yourself” and what can you do about it?
How do you perceive others?
Healthy relationships with others are indispensable in creating successful teams. As we concluded in Part I, no one can accomplish anything of significance on their own. We weren’t gifted with all the talents, strengths and capabilities. Further, it is a fact that the greatest triumphs were accomplished with a team. What can you do to improve your attitude towards relationships?
First, you must understand that it is necessary to develop the capability to better relate yourself.
Second, get to know yourself more. The image and awareness you have of yourself can take you very far in the relationships you have with others or it can restrict you from developing the capability to form healthy relationships.
This can simply happen because the image you have of yourself molds the way you think and act and therefore the way you relate to others.
As Napoleon Hill well said, “There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge”.
How can it benefit you to auto examine the image that you have of yourself?
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?
The cultural lens greatly impacts the way we do things. Culture is often compared to an iceberg, in the sense that what we can only perceive what above the surface. The top of the “cultural iceberg” is made up of things we can observe and of what people allow us to see such us what they wear, do, eat, and say. How can we relate more deeply with people?
Unfortunately, the large portion of the iceberg lies below the surface and it is not visible. That part is made up of values, assumptions, personality, beliefs and other characteristics that shape and drive behavior.
In order for us to relate more deeply to others, it is essential to learn how to better connect with people in a meaningful way. In other words, it’s necessary to get close enough to people to be able to unleash the elements that shape and drive their behavior and so we can get to know them.
Are you prepared to have meaningful relationships with others?
Globalization, the Internet, social media, and communications have radically changed our global perspective and they have made it a necessity to develop a higher level of understanding of other cultures. We are expected to understand the values of other cultures regardless of our location in the world. Is your way of communicating with others changing?
As we are getting more and more interconnected with the rest of the planet and aiming 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 geographically, it is our human nature to have a desire to relate, connect, influence, and transform others.
Is the impact of globalization increasing your desire to go beyond the borders?
Have you ever enjoyed the Olympic Games? There’s no doubt that they are a great example of cultural exchanges. Many countries send their best athletes from different disciplines and categories to a host country which is different in every edition.
Here each athlete has the opportunity to be in contact with many different cultures and for a few weeks, an intercultural exchange takes place, without losing the notion and sense of the competition.
Have you ever enjoyed a multicultural event?
We don’t just want to understand a new culture; the intention of a leader must be to generate credibility, by establishing a connection that goes beyond just communication. Leading in a globalized world drives a leader to connect at the highest level in order to be able to influence. A good leader is not afraid to get involved.
Why is it so important for the global leader to understand globalization?
When we are open to new cultures and wish to adapt to them, we must understand them first. In order to accomplish this, we must learn about their routines, their belief system, their lifestyle, social norms and when it comes to an organization, we must know and understand the market to which we are directing our product or service.
Why is a global mentality so important?
What makes the McDonald’s or Burger King brands successful? The large fast food franchises are recognized worldwide for a fact that is not random. All countries have one or several locations in different places, whether shopping centers or physical establishments in strategic places.
How has a global mentality benefited these corporations?
A perfect example of how global leadership looks and how it influences culture is the creation by The Coca-Cola Company of the image and concept of Santa Claus. It’s been years since this concept was created, and without a doubt, they appropriated this image. They made it a tradition for their brand. Every year during the Christmas holidays, it is hard not to associate the idea of Santa with this drink.
Having the ability to extend our influence and to lead beyond our culture, is a vital element to manage a team and an organization successfully in a globalized world.
Have you thought about the influence of certain commercial images on your daily life?