May 7, 2023
Leading in Multicultural Contexts, with Dr. Tess Goodliffe.
Dr. Tess Goodliffe has worked in many countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa, including the Gulf, where she was particularly interested in empowering young women in the workplace and understanding multicultural working contexts. In this conversation, we discuss how leadership isn't simply about being in charge but about finding a purpose and supporting others to achieve that purpose while also building trust, respect, and creating a safe space for everyone to contribute.
Tess stressed the significance of seeing people as individuals in multicultural contexts rather than as labels or stereotypes. She emphasised the importance of connecting with others through one-on-one conversations, being reliable, consistent, and fair, and using humor to create a positive working environment while being mindful of cultural differences and valuing everyone's contributions.
We discussed the importance of cultural sensitivity, intuition, and emotional intelligence in leadership, as well as the significance of owning one's sensitivity and trusting one's instincts, staying true to oneself, and not struggle so hard to please others.
Overall, our conversation highlighted the importance of creating an inclusive, multi-cultural environment where all team members feel valued and respected for their unique contribution.
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